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November, 2009:

Site: Vallecitos Stage Station in Anza Borrego

I really enjoyed this site. Went out on November 21st, 2009 (my birthday). Easily some of the darkest skies I’ve ever seen in Southern California. Mount Laguna was to the west of us, I could easily see the observatory with my scope during the day. It’s a regular campsite with bathrooms, water, fire pits and plenty of space. The SDAA will occasionally host public star parties here.

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Double Cluster from Vallecitos

Image Location and Date:  Vallecitos Stage Station Campground on November 21st, 2009
Object: Double Cluster in Perseus
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: Omni XLT 150 Newtonian
Imaging FL: 750mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5
Imaging camera: unmodified Nikon D60
Lights: 6 x 30 sec ISO 3200 (3min)
Calibration: None
Guide scope: None
Stacked in DSS processed in Photoshop

M45, The Pleiades from Vallecitos Stage Station

Image Location and Date:  Vallecitos Stage Station Campground on November 21st, 2009
Object: M45 Cluster in Taurus
Mount: CG5GT
Imaging scope: Omni XLT 150 Newtonian
Imaging FL: 750mm
Imaging focal ratio: f5
Imaging camera: unmodified Nikon D60
Lights: 98 x 30 sec ISO 3200 (49min)
Calibration: None
Guide scope: None
Stacked in DSS processed in Photoshop