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Old 07-09-2013, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Hello -- I'm always driving all over Colorado and I also enjoy taking Milky Way and night sky pictures. I've looked at the light pollution maps and have a good understanding of where the truly remote areas are. I was just wondering if anyone else into this hobby had a few favorite spots or know where any really dark skies are in the mountains? Some of the light pollution maps are different, but one shows the area around Creede being Bortle 1 skies. There's also a pocket over the plains and one in very north west CO.

I'm camping at the Maroon Bells this weekend and it looks like Maroon Lake itself is right on the border of Bortle 3 and Bortle 2 class skies, and I've seen a few very good Milky Way shots from the lake.


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Old 07-09-2013, 05:06 PM
 
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Found this, it may help....

"Black" denotes darkest skies on a scale of 1-9 with 1 being darkest.
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Cole neighborhood, Denver, CO
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I was just up in Red Feather lakes and the sky was magnificent.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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I was just up in Red Feather lakes and the sky was magnificent.
Where at? My girlfriend actually has a cabin on right off Nokomis in RFL, we were there for the 4th weekend
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Alma CO
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Hoosier Pass after midnight is pretty amazing, especially with the views to the north toward Breck and to the south toward Alma and South Park basin. Lots of stars visible in this area.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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Pick a spot...Any spot in the San Juan Valley and away from the small communities.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Black Canyon near Montrose, Log Hill above Ridgway, the Ridgway State Park.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Black Canyon near Montrose, Log Hill above Ridgway, the Ridgway State Park.
It's funny you mention Ridgway State Park, was just there. Was cloudy though

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Old 07-10-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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Ripple Creek Pass in the Flat Tops
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Pick a spot...Any spot in the San Juan Valley and away from the small communities.
Was just there as well, was surprised you can see the glow from Pueblo from so far away. This is looking towards the Dunes from San Luis Lakes

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