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JOhn

Comanche Springs Star Party

Comanche Springs Star Party
Doin' my thang at the Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus (where I often become a "red ghost")

Dallas Sky

Rancho Venado Sky

Atoka Sky

Camanche Springs Sky

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Rancho Venado (My Dark Site)






This is my folk's (weekend) place in the South Texas Hill Country. It is about 300 acres located outside the little town of Adamsville, Tx (about 3 hours from Dallas, or 1.5 hours NW of Austin). And it has good dark skies.

Good dark skies are increasingly hard to find because of all the light pollution from the cities.






The stone house is seated on top of a large hill with a terrific view of the horizon. When observing or imaging all night, it is nice to have a comfy place to crash!





My folks really work hard on this place and I am very lucky to able to have such a perfect place to go. It is really beautiful.


And our dogs Ponce and Ouzo like to go feral! But they had to learn the hard way that they can't cross the cattle guards...




Speaking of guarding... faithful dog Ouzo stands guard over my CPC 800 during the day, in the "viewing field".

2 comments:

Bob Eggleton (Zillabob) said...

Ahhh.. good memories...great Margeritas...cow pies...great skies indeed! Reminded us SO much of Auzzistralia it wasn't funny!

I am JOhn said...

Ah yes, in summer the Margarita is Astronomer fuel and in winter it is Bourbon!

(This is a little known but true fact).