Chuckwalla Bench, Colorado Desert, California, 29 October 2011
As promised, last weekend was the first of two excellent dark sky weekends this month. The weather turned out to be perfect for this one as well.
Jane and I went to our old favorite spot off I-10, Chuckwalla Bench, on BLM land south of Joshua Tree in the Colorado [...]
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The snow-capped peaks were beautiful from the Foothill Freeway
It had been several months since our schedule, the weather, and the moon phase all cooperated to give us a chance to get out to our favorite astronomy spot. Jane and I, joined by Dave Hasenauer, ventured [...]
These cumulus clouds were nearly stationary all evening, making quite the light show with an electrical storm
Observing report, August 7, 2010
We hadn’t expected to be able to observe during this part of the summer from Chuckwalla Bench in the High Colorado desert south of Joshua Tree, but this August night’s forecast at Desert Center [...]
Mojo, Caroline, Jane, Catherine, Gary, and Todd
Update: Jane wound up using most of my astrophotos below in her July NASA What’s Up podcast. Check it out!
The forecast was for a very temperate desert evening, so six of the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers headed off to the Colorado Desert to play outside all night. Seeing was [...]
Full photo album of setting up and astrophotos here at the Whiteoaks Photo Album.
Update: Here’s Jane’s version of the same evening.
It was another perfect new moon Saturday for a trip to our favorite spot in the Colorado Desert out I-10.
Yes this is a very full Grand Caravan!
Jane and I happily took out all [...]
Observing report, dark sky weekend, September, 2009, Chuckwalla Bench
The "Double Cluster" between Cassiopeia and Perseus
The Clear Sky Chart forecast for Desert Center, CA, was dark blue all night for our favorite observing site. The NOAA forecast called for a high of 99 and low of 77. Often a night like this can have uncomfortably hot [...]