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Old 10-03-2016, 04:49 PM   #15
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Thanks for the stargazing info. Astrophotography has interested me for several years, but the Houston area ain't great for that kind of hobby. The only time we've really seen the stars here was after Hurricane Ike blew thru and no one had electricity.

It would be cool if the same host is there when we visit Palo Duro. Would love to look thru his telescope. I'm busy investing in my photography wish list right now. A telescope is not at the top of the list yet.

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Old 10-03-2016, 06:12 PM   #16
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There was a stargazing party at Bryce when I was there back in June 2015.
Lots of different telescopes. Looking at a couple of planets was cool but even with powerful telescope, such as the one below, stars or clusters were just points of lights. The telescopes were more interesting to look at.

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Old 10-03-2016, 09:02 PM   #17
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That's a big one. Don't think it would fit under Stellar's bed. A friend of ours has a telescope he and his son have never really used. Might see if they want to sell it eventually. In the meantime, the observatory near Ft. Davis is on the bucket list. They have star parties there. It would be really cool to look thru their telescope, though I'm not sure that's included. That's a topic for another thread, though.
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:05 AM   #18
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"Nothing" Texas. Them's fightin' words! How much of the state have you actually seen? (We're long-term Texans, not natives. Been here long enough that we've become attached. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. )

Palo Duro looks interesting to us, and we actually like empty campgrounds. But here's what we really want to know. What are the night skies like? We're interested in star gazing and astrophotography.
Having driven across Texas from El Paso to Louisiana on I-10, From Texarkana on I-20 southwest to I-10, I-40 to I-27 then on south to Lubbock, where I purchased my very first AS, then on state roads to New Mexico. Have visited San Antonio, Austin, Abilene..., I know there are vast regions of NOTHING in Texas. The stock yards next to the interstate, are another discussion. Didn't say that Texas doesnt't have it's good point, just a huge amount of NOTHING!!!!
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Old 10-06-2016, 09:03 AM   #19
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If you are expecting Grand Canyon you may be dissapointed, but Palo Duro State Park is only a fraction of the canyon. It's the biggest canyon in Texas and one of the biggest in the country. There is a lot of western history there including Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving and the Goodnight-Loving Trail and the development of the cattle industry. A lot of Native American History too. There is also a herd of Longhorns and a few bison.

If you see beauty in open country with big sky I guarantee you will see a BIG something.

Yeah, the flies this time of year hurt when they bite, but this is camping. Same problem in NM. Palo Duro is really nice in the summer if you have kids, playing in the wash.
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Old 10-06-2016, 07:46 PM   #20
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Hey, tsunami! Just so you know, I’m not really offended by your opinion. Many people would categorize most of the Great Plains states as a large area of “nothing”. I grew up in semi-arid eastern Colorado and used to feel one really wasn’t camping unless you were in the mountains. Somewhere along the way, after living in other places, like South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa, my viewpoint changed. The world is full of interesting things to see, but sometimes you have to slow down and really study the details. In the spring, there are all kinds of wildflowers hiding in the prairie grasses, and other than a night sky full of stars, I can’t think of anything more awesome than watching a massive thunderstorm develop in the distance (key word there.) If you’re passing thru at the right time of year, stop and study a cactus flower. They look just as exotic as the rarest orchid.

Places that most people would classify as boring or there’s “nothing” there, are actually an astrophotographer’s paradise. Where there are no people, there is no artificial light to interfere with your view of the night sky. So while people have commented about the location of Palo Duro’s campgrounds, it’s very unlikely I’ll set up my equipment there.

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