I finally did it. I packed up a bunch of equipment and drove 5% of the Earth’s circumference to find clear, dark skies. And, it wasn’t really that difficult, even in a mid sized sedan hybrid! Mind you, this wasn’t the sole purpose of the trip, but it was certainly a highlight. A member of the San Diego Astronomy Association kindly provided some GPS coordinates of an abandoned heli-pad “in the middle of nowhere” which made for a wonderful site. A large hill blocked most of the San Diego More >