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Old 01-10-2015, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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As far as the contiguous 48 goes I have spent night time in the Davis Mountains in SW Texas, and I think that I have read that this is the least light polluted region of the 48.

There is the McDonald Observatory located here and the night sky is utterly breath taking.
Agreed 100%. When I lived in Austin, I used to make the long drive to the Davis Mtns frequently to escape civilization (It was the 90's. Gas was reliably cheap), and I have never seen the stars as clearly anywhere else as I did there. I was spending a lot of time there when the Hale-Bopp comet was visible, and you could really see it in all it's glory out there. Amazing.
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Old 01-10-2015, 12:50 AM
 
Location: SW France
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Agreed 100%. When I lived in Austin, I used to make the long drive to the Davis Mtns frequently to escape civilization (It was the 90's. Gas was reliably cheap), and I have never seen the stars as clearly anywhere else as I did there. I was spending a lot of time there when the Hale-Bopp comet was visible, and you could really see it in all it's glory out there. Amazing.
Thanks for that.

I was in the UK when Hale Bop was visible and got great views of it every evening right here at my house looking across the fields.

If the view was good here it must have been amazing there!

The other thing I recall about the Davis Mountains- and this was in July of that year- was suddenly seeing the thermometer in the Jeep drop 20 degrees F very rapidly, and then the mother of all hailstorms hitting me.
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