Author Topic: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?  (Read 238 times)

holdfontrosci

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 120
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2018, 12:44:47 AM »
When I see that map I smile. I live in a good size city but it only takes me 35-60 minutes to get to several different dark sky areas.

noneanoncrag

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 132
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2018, 11:44:27 AM »
I decided on Lake Roberts, NM area. 45 minutes to Silver City, dark skies along with great hunting and fishing, hiking, off roading, mining etc. Far enough south to not get much snow and high enough elevation to not get to hot in the summer. My second choice is also in NM, NE of Reserve along Hwy 32 near Fox Mountain. My anywhere choice would be New Zealand. Maybe someday....

I'm just about done with my cabin, been working on it since 2002. Still in Florida but will be spending at least 6 months a year out there in a couple of years.


Michael Zamora

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 104
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2018, 01:59:30 PM »
Quote
I decided on Lake Roberts, NM area. 45 minutes to Silver City, dark skies along with great hunting and fishing, hiking, off roading, mining etc. Far enough south to not get much snow and high enough elevation to not get to hot in the summer. My second choice is also in NM, NE of Reserve along Hwy 32 near Fox Mountain. My anywhere choice would be New Zealand. Maybe someday....

I'm just about done with my cabin, been working on it since 2002. Still in Florida but will be spending at least 6 months a year out there in a couple of years.

Great story
Thanks!

Mark Dominguez

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 135
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2018, 05:00:26 PM »
I spend a lot of time in NM. While they enjoy dark skies they have to suffer upper atmosphere turbulance and cloud cover so I'm comepletely happy where I'm at, 4500'.

Phil Barela

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 120
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2018, 07:39:04 PM »
Purely dark skies and money no object, Hawaii. Realistically, eastern Oregon near Bend or Prineville. More culture and city activities perhaps east of Reno/Sparks area.

risodachest

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 134
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2018, 08:56:05 PM »
Quote
I decided on Lake Roberts, NM area. 45 minutes to Silver City, dark skies along with great hunting and fishing, hiking, off roading, mining etc. Far enough south to not get much snow and high enough elevation to not get to hot in the summer. My second choice is also in NM, NE of Reserve along Hwy 32 near Fox Mountain. My anywhere choice would be New Zealand. Maybe someday....

I'm just about done with my cabin, been working on it since 2002. Still in Florida but will be spending at least 6 months a year out there in a couple of years.
Richard:

One of my wife's friends had a place in Lake Roberts and I have done some stargazing there.. Some nice dark skies, lots of wildlife..  We thought long and hard about that area but it's just too far from San Diego..

This photo of a Say's Phoebe was taken in Lake Roberts..

Jon




Rasheed Grayson

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 134
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2018, 03:31:48 AM »
Hi Jon,

If you ever head that way again give me a heads up!

Richard

adectisun

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 129
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2018, 06:02:57 AM »
Quote
My anywhere choice would be New Zealand.


hiswacoka

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 110
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2018, 11:38:02 AM »
I'm still a couple years away from deciding, but so far I'm leaning strongly toward southern NM, in the Silver City area. I've lived in NM since 1972 and see no reason to leave.

ebalared

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 131
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2018, 12:02:10 PM »
Quote
I would live on the Big Island. Somewhere between South Point and Palaha. Dark sky and warm weather at night. Dry climate.


I was thinking that would be a good area to live on the Big Island until I read about the vog (volcanic smog) conditions in that area. It is directly downwind of the Kilauea andPuu Oo volcanoes.

You can see the vog maps at this link:

http://weather.hawai...horiz&anim=java

I think the best area on the Big Island for dark, clear skies and mostly vog free conditions would be on the west side of North Kohala - a little pricey to buy there though.

coepupinsynch

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 119
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #25 on: February 02, 2018, 04:40:28 PM »
I would consider eastern California with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Many areas are around 7,000 feet and is about as dark as you can get. The downside is it is very isolated and the weather can be harsh.

I would add that there are accessible areas in the western Sierra that are grey zone (where I am) where the weather is a lot more pleasant and shopping a lot closer.

Nathan Sorgaard

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 124
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #26 on: February 02, 2018, 06:08:50 PM »
About 10 years ago I would have highly recommended moving down to Trinidad.

Owen Richter

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 126
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #27 on: February 09, 2018, 01:13:32 AM »
I know where the place is in the US where you'd have the darkest skies if you lived there, but I can only tell you where it is after the cement dries around your feet and legs, just before we take a little scenic boat trip....

excunisep

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 126
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2018, 01:25:56 AM »
I wasn't even into astronomy when my wife and I moved to Westcliffe from the Denver area. The first night we spent here we were totally amazed with the night sky. That's what caused me to get into this wonderful hobby. From our place well outside of town, we do get a bit of a light dome from Pueblo, about 50 miles to the north.

Westcliffe was recently named the ninth certified dark sky city in the world. I think we have found our dark sky place ...... completely by accident.

Paul Rivera

  • Active Astronomer
  • ***
  • Posts: 112
  • Activity:
    0%
  • Reputation: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: If you could live anywhere in the US for the darkest skies?
« Reply #29 on: February 09, 2018, 10:47:38 AM »
Quote
I wasn't even into astronomy when my wife and I moved to Westcliffe from the Denver area. The first night we spent here we were totally amazed with the night sky. That's what caused me to get into this wonderful hobby. From our place well outside of town, we do get a bit of a light dome from Pueblo, about 50 miles to the north.

Westcliffe was recently named the ninth certified dark sky city in the world. I think we have found our dark sky place ...... completely by accident.

It's definitely dark out there -- you are just up the road from the plot of land used for the RMSS.