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Re: Seeking ideal private observatory location in the US
« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2018, 07:00:35 AM »
As an ex-Yukoner, I can not imagine doing much astronomy in the far north.
Summers: Short to no hours of darkness for several months.
Winters: Not much snow and light and fluffy to boot. Near endless night. But minus 40 or so all too often on those clear nights with horrible seeing due an intense surface-based inversion. Machinery gets persnickety at those temperatures let alone people. Not saying it can't be done. We all know about those AP mounts in Antarctica!
But also, the further north you go . . . the more limited the selection of targets. I'd prefer getting as far south as you can for that reason.

If isolation is what you crave, I can understand an area like The Great Basin. But, when getting older, medical help will likely be a long way away. An already established astronomy village makes more sense than isolation for those of us heading into, er . . . . our "advanced" years.