Prolific Poster Award
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: The valley, Sac, Ca., USA
Fantastic scenery photos. Love that part of N. Cal and S. Oregon. Looks like you may have traveled through Modoc County, if so, it is a popular destination for amateur astronomers for both observing and imaging because of the very dark skies up there. I hope to make it up to a place called Likely RV and Golf Resort this summer in the small town of Likely, 10 miles south of Alturas. Likely RV and Golf Resort is where several dark sky parties are held and the owner has been very accommodating to his astronomy visitors by building six concrete telescope pads, each with their own electrical outlets and when you consider the place has drive through RV sites, tent sites, clean shower and bathroom facilities, some cabins, a breakfast and lunch restaurant, hiking trails and if you have the energy to play golf, a very nice links style high desert golf course. When I mentioned energy that is because astro imaging of deep sky objects requires multiple long exposures and the session starts at dusk and often continues until dawn.
Unfortunately, I can't ride my Goldwing up there, I have a lot of equipment to bring along, but I did ride up five years ago when I had a Harley Road King. Myself and frequent contributor and iron butt rider Quan rode up with me on his 1098 Ducati to attend a public night of observing at the annual Golden State Star Party in Modoc County. This event is held in the middle of a large cattle ranch, about 20 miles from the Likely RV resort. With the Milky Way blazing overhead from horizon to horizon, the astronomers invited us to look through their fabulous and some very large telescopes at many galactic wonders. One telescope, called a Dobsonian was so big you had to climb up a 10' ladder to reach the eyepiece. The view of a star cluster was so bright and sharp it felt like I was in a spaceship looking at it up close through a port hole.
Many of you remember good guy Quan, he participated in many meet ups and rides including trips I took with him and several other guys including the late Martin Wong to LA to attend Pro Italia's bike show and Ride The Crest giant group ride to the top of the mountains above LA for lunch and rock concert. We trailered our bikes to LA, no way could I slab it that long on my 999R. The concert was awesome and a couple sets included Eric Buell on guitar. The ride was surprisingly brisk for such a large group. We all thought it was going to be a slow parade to the top, to the contrary, the CHP motor escorts allowed the group to rip it both up and back. What a fabulous ride that was. Anyway, Quan had to move south to the San Diego area and we lost a dedicated rider and all around contributor.
Your photos got me inspired to start planning an astroimaging trip, thanks again.
Present:08 1800 Goldwing,03 999R#189,Past:03 FLHRI Road King, 09 1125CR Buell, 07 1100S MTS, 04 999S, 95 916, 01 900SS, 05 600RR, 05 600RR totalled, 66 650 BSA, 68 Honda DOHC
Ducati-Owners-Group of Sacramento region.