Monday, December 29, 2008

Arizona Sky Village

At the base of the Chiricahua Mountains, near the town of Portal between Tucson and El Paso, an informal community is growing out of amateur astronomers building homes and observatories, in search of dark skies.

Astronomy magazine editors spent a few days at Arizona Sky Village and posted blogs, photos, and videos of their visit. There is also a 6 minute video tour of the development shot earlier this year.

[right, Astronomy magazine Editor David J. Eicher and Senior Editor Michael Bakich stand by a 30-inch f/4.4 Starmaster Dobsonian reflector in Arizona Sky Village's Rancho Hidalgo before the night's observing marathon got underway. Credit, Astronomy]

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