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    Star Field Camping Trip
    From: Kevin Coulombe
    Date: 2012 Oct 18, 12:16 -0700

    Recently returned from a camping around the NW USA.
    Found good star fields at Pyramid Lake, Lava Fields National Monument and Newberry Crater. Newberry was the darkest around but restricted by the surrounding caldera walls and trees. Lava Fields has a great field of view but there is stray light from the small towns to the north. Pyramid was the warmest viewing for October but had pretty significant stray light from Reno to the south. It was great sextant weather the whole trip at all the sites but of course I didn't have a sextant! Dwelling on that I recalled an article I came across in my research (on a variety of other topics) about building a bubble sextant. I have (or will )attach them.

    Checking my mechanical Planetica planet finder I noted the bright star in Taurus was Jupiter. But my best observation was the passage of the International Space Station with the Space-X Dragon supply vehicle in hot pursuit. This was Oct 10. What a thrilling sight!

    Kevin Coulombe
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