Best place in Texas to see stars?

Discussion in 'Astronomy / Star Gazing' started by codejockey, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. codejockey

    codejockey Geek who likes outdoors!

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    Hi all, I am interested in booking a camping trip boondocking so as to get a great view of the stars and perhaps the Milky Way. Can anyone tell me the best place within say a day's drive to do that? I'd like to plan a trip, but I'm not sure of where to go.
     
  2. huizarr

    huizarr Member

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    There is that observatory in the Davis Mountains (McDonnell I believe). I would venture if it is good enough for an observatory it should be great to see stars.
     
  3. campfreak

    campfreak Active Member

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    " Deep in the heart of Texas!!" OK, sorry, someone had to do it...

    Greg
     
  4. Yellowkayak

    Yellowkayak Popups.....when sleeping on the ground gets to you

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    Palo Duro Canyon and Cap Rock Canyon in the pan handle area!

    JJ
     
  5. pupateer

    pupateer Native Texan

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    I'd agree with the previous poster and say that west Texas is the place to go. Unfortunately, recent wildfires have destroyed large parts of west Texas, including the area around the McDonald observatory near Ft. Davis. The hill country will work, but you'll need to stay away from the Austin/San Antonio area. You might get some good viewing at Mother Neff SP near Belton. I went camping in Huntsville SP about 15 years ago and had some amazing night skies to view there as well.
     
  6. rabird

    rabird Howdy!

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    "Go west young man."
    Away from the lights and frills of the cities!
     
  7. codejockey

    codejockey Geek who likes outdoors!

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    Well, I'm going to Caprock Canyons SP over Memorial Day weekend, so hopefully the skies will be clear!
     
  8. dgeddes

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  9. codejockey

    codejockey Geek who likes outdoors!

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    I was actually at Lake Whitney SP about 2 months ago, but I didn't really see as many stars as I'd hoped to.
     
  10. jakestir

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    I know this thread is a couple months old, but I'll give some input anyways [:D]

    There's a place named Fort Griffin that's only about a 2.5 to 3hrs drive west from the DFW area. They have decent campsite and host stargazing parties once a month.
    http://www.visitfortgriffin.com/index.aspx?page=7

    Their facebook page as more info also.

    They have some cool old buildings also.
    In this photo you can see the milky way pretty good: http://flic.kr/p/9RwgFg
     
  11. PopUpSteve

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    I was down in Texas back in 2001 visiting my brother and we went out to a cabin in Southwest Texas halfway between Langtry and Dryden off on US-90 called Myers Spring. I saw so many star, the whole Milky Way. I don't know how ancient peoples could see patterns in the star to make shapes like Orion the Hunter. There are just so dam many stars!
     
  12. bdanntx

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  13. TX_F2

    TX_F2 New Member

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    Agree with the others, going out to the Davis Mountains or Caprock Canyons SP is great viewing.
     
  14. bdanntx

    bdanntx New Member

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    Caprock is pretty nice during the day too...
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  15. Blondie2tx

    Blondie2tx Coffee, bacon and the outdoors!!

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    Brazos Bend State Park off of 1462 is a very nice park with gazing tower. Tons of wildlife, alligators, pier fishing.....no wildfires down here. Mosquitoes might be a problem, but a very nice park. No swimming though. About 30 mins from Houston, great for riding bikes.

    Have fun!
     
  16. Papa Bear

    Papa Bear New Member

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    I know I'm late to this thread. A couple years ago, at our Cub Scout spring family camp, we did star gazing at Farfield Lake State Park, about 90 miles south of dallas. Had a dad that was an amatuer astronomer that pointed out stars, constellations, and even a distant galaxy. All was easy to see with just a good pair of binoculars. A lot closer than west texas. In case you want to try again this summer.
     
  17. Pool Runner

    Pool Runner We also love our GoldWing!

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    West is best, but Lost Maples SP is well removed from major cities and has very little light pollution.
     

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