Serious dark-sky observing at Granite Gap

Posted by David Eicher
on Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Astronomy magazine's observatory in southwestern New Mexico houses telescopes we will use for deep-sky observing this weekend. Here, in 2010, Chris Eicher poses with the scopes. // Credit: David J. Eicher
Tomorrow, Senior Editor Michael Bakich and I will travel to Tucson and then to Animas, New Mexico, to visit our friend Gene Turner. Gene is the man behind the Arizona Sky Village, Rancho Hidalgo, and the Granite Gap astronomy developments. We’ll be there for several days, doing some large-telescope dark-sky observing for several upcoming stories in the magazine.

And when I say dark sky, I mean dark sky. The sky in this region is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Not as good as the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, but for the continental United States, it’s hard to beat.

And we will put that sky to good use in stories and other products you will see in the coming months.

Stay tuned.

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