We just got home from a short camping trip to Barton Flats campground in the San Bernardino National Forest. Barton Flats is one of our favorite “local” campgrounds being just 80 miles from our house.
The campground sits at 6,400 feet so it was much cooler than where we live, which was roasting hot. Campsites are large, so social distancing is easy. Some fellow Airstream friends were right across the road, so we did some safe socializing around their campfire at night, which was a lot of fun. We hiked, relaxed and I got in a little astronomy outreach. Our only concern was the large Apple Fire that was burning not far away. We did keep our eyes open to that just in case it staring moving towards our campground. Continue reading “Getting Away From Covid-19”
We were at the Mojave National Preserve November 4th and 5th for our semi-annual star party that helps promote support for the Preserve. This year Subaru sponsored the event. The “official” scheduled event day was Saturday the 5th, but we got there a day early so we could enjoy the scenery and night sky before the crowds arrived. What a great place to get away from it all and help support a worthy cause.
Nightfall star party and imaging conference is held on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, typically around late October or early November. The Riverside Astronomical Society sponsors and hosts the event at the Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort in Borrego Springs, California. It’s a very informative and fun event.
This was our first time at Nightfall and we had a good time. We not only picked up some good astronomy tips, we also got to see fluorescent scorpions!