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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The McDonald Observatory–Fort Davis Texas–Success at Last

ahhh. . .beautiful clear skies. . .sunshine. . .and 61*
should be perfect for our night at the McDonald Observatory

Scenic Loop around Fort Davis - http://www.davis-mountains.com/pages/Davis%20Mountains/sl.html

but first let’s drive the Scenic Loop around Fort Davis

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Scenic Loop around Fort Davis - http://www.davis-mountains.com/pages/Davis%20Mountains/sl.html

massive boulders just pop up. . .seemingly out of nowhere. . .

Scenic Loop around Fort Davis - http://www.davis-mountains.com/pages/Davis%20Mountains/sl.html

where did they come from?

Scenic Loop around Fort Davis - http://www.davis-mountains.com/pages/Davis%20Mountains/sl.html

with grasslands all around them?

Scenic Loop around Fort Davis - http://www.davis-mountains.com/pages/Davis%20Mountains/sl.html

we crossed over numerous cattle guards
as the highway twisted, turned, and climbed
through private ranches along the way. . .

All I can tell you is. . .these folks live a long, long way from civilization. . .

Texas 2015, Alpine TX, Fort Davis TX, Fort Davis Scenic Loop, McDonald Observatory (9)

our first view of the McDonald Observatory as we come up over the hill. . .
it’s on top of the two mountains to the left. . .

Texas 2015, Alpine TX, Fort Davis TX, Fort Davis Scenic Loop, McDonald Observatory (8)

there. . .is that better?

We did not visit these three telescopes,
as they are designed for daytime viewing of the sun. . .
which we did not arrive in time for. . .
but shall return to do in the future. . .

We had purchased tickets for the night time Star Party. . .
and wow. . .I must say. . .it was fabulous!

Dave and I may have a new hobby. . .
attending Star Parties at Observatories. . .

We were able to make the rounds of five telescopes.. .
we saw one planet.. .Uranus
one comet. . .can’t remember the name of it
several nebulus fields. ..
(I think I’m saying that right!)
I believe I can now recognize a few additional stars and galaxies. . .
and as our guide explained.. .many of these are visible with a really great pair of binoculars. . .

so as the weather warms up. . .and we get further into the desert. . .
I do believe I will be spending some additional time “stargazing.”

Of course there are no pics. . .it was TOTAL darkness
so I did not even try. . .

however. . .you can click
HERE to see some
amazing images taken by the professionals. . .

Texas 2015, Alpine TX, Fort Davis TX, Fort Davis Scenic Loop, McDonald Observatory (10)

I was able to get this one glorious shot of the moon
as it popped up from behind the mountain. . .

We really, really enjoyed the experience. . .

See you next time at Big Bend. . .just a quick day trip. . .
Weather is still not the best. . .but sooooo much better than a few days ago. . .

’til next time,
Janice and Dave