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Old 06-17-2008, 04:47 PM
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Would like any recomendations for states with nice climate, fairly dark skys and other astronomers.
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Wyoming
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Old 06-17-2008, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Arizona or New Mexico.

Wyoming has dark skies, but a terrible climate.
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Old 06-17-2008, 05:44 PM
 
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What is your definition of "nice climate". It varies significantly between groups of people.
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:22 PM
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Nice climate? Decent amount of clear skies. Temps not higher than 90 in the summer. Four definable seasons. Do not mind tough winters.
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:30 PM
 
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Nice climate? Decent amount of clear skies. Temps not higher than 90 in the summer. Four definable seasons. Do not mind tough winters.

Okay. My definition is the same as yours. Almost anywhere in VT, other than Burlington. Northern NH and Northern Maine. You just need to get away from the "cities" such as Manchester & Portsmouth, Portland & Bangor.
Wyoming is still a good option, although I'm not sure how warm it gets there in the Summer. Same with Montana.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: The Rock!
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I thought astronomers wanted low humidity to prevent obscuring? AZ and NM are constantly touted as the best dark sky states with primo sky observing conditions.
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:49 AM
 
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I thought astronomers wanted low humidity to prevent obscuring? AZ and NM are constantly touted as the best dark sky states with primo sky observing conditions.
Yea i think that was the point the poster was making about Wyoming lol, not that it has a crappy climate for him personally, but that for astronomers it is less desirable. Which explains why there are so many observatories in the desert southwest, favorable conditions for doing so. And I'm going to second the vote for Arizona in particular and new mexico, as well as Hawaii which has many observatories. And if you have the opportunity, Space is another great place to observe the happenings of the Universe!
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:38 AM
 
Location: The Rock!
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Yea i think that was the point the poster was making about Wyoming lol, not that it has a crappy climate for him personally, but that for astronomers it is less desirable. Which explains why there are so many observatories in the desert southwest, favorable conditions for doing so. And I'm going to second the vote for Arizona in particular and new mexico, as well as Hawaii which has many observatories. And if you have the opportunity, Space is another great place to observe the happenings of the Universe!
Right but some posters were touting New England also which I think would have fairly horrible conditions in the summer and plus, some of the best skywatching is in the winter months. Who'd want to be out in New England all night in the winter?? Same for Wyoming.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Kauai, HI
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The Big Island of Hawaii has some astronomy and some weather observatories
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