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jeffweiss9

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Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:50:32 PM »
D.A.R.C. is down for 2 weeks and I'd like to try the Pinnacles East (road closure on the West) for some imaging but I need advice on best observing location there.  Is that at the campground (where Clear Sky Chart is) or up 146 somewhere like the 'peak view point (sounds more likely).  Suggestions or info appreciated.
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Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2017, 08:51:35 PM »
Hey Jeff. The one place I've observed at the east side of the Pinnacles is on the far southwestern end of the campground. Tends to be empty, and it sure is as dark there as on the other side of the park.
There are hills to the northern side of that area, but still plenty of sky overhead.

https://www.nps.gov/pinn/planyourvisit/maps.htm
shows the whole national park.
There's a parking lot at the trailhead at Bear Gulch, I dunno how the hills are around it.
You can poke around at the ends of the roads, see what the parking lots look like. What the rangers are saying now, "it's your park, you can set up where you please." Very cool.
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Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2017, 01:15:45 PM »
Thanks, Jamie-
That location (grassy field at the SW end of the campground on the satellite) seems to be the lat/lon of the the Clear Sky Chart for East Pinnacles.  I could drive up to Bear Gulch but that spot in SW end of the campground looks pretty good.  Now to find enough juice to keep the camera going.
Clear skies,
Jeff

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Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2017, 03:56:05 PM »
I may also be heading to Pinnacles for imaging - either tomorrow or day after. might run into you.

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Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2017, 01:09:39 PM »
Sounds good.  I've got my power arranged now but, unfortunately National Weather Service is now saying 17mph winds (23mph gusts) through 10pm both Friday and Saturday nights.   That hopefully will get better for me (I can image up to 10mph). It is predicted to be <~10mph after 11pm so still possible.
Cheers,
Jeff

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Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2017, 07:39:05 PM »
To follow up, the forecasts were very off for Saturday night.  The sky was clear and very dark with little or no wind at Bears Gulch parking area up the road from the East Entrance about 5 miles.  No campers but a couple of cars with headlights came through; not too much harm (for me anyway).  There were 3 of us astrophotographers plus a fourth who wondered in for a Milky Way landscape.  Great site!
CS/Jeff

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Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2017, 05:01:02 AM »
its been quite a long time since I've been  to the Pinnacles East campground, but I'm remembering the bulk of the camping area is deep river sand, and it gets really dusty if its windy.

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Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2017, 08:20:45 PM »
Where Jeff went is way past the campground. Bear Gulch is at the parking lot for one of the main trailheads, at the end of the road.
Glad you had a fun night, Jeff!
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Re: Advice needed for Pinnacles East
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2017, 10:19:22 PM »
We were actually not at the Bear Gulch Trail Parking Area at the very end of the road (I misspoke).  We were at the Bear Gulch Day Use Area at Bear Gulch itself which is about 0.5 miles before the end of the road.  The Bear Gulch trail actually parallels the road, ending at the end of the road. The trail head across from the Bear Gulch Day Use Area is the Condor Gulch Trail.   The horizons were better there.   The sky was extremely dark that night and very few cars came through.
Cheers,
Jeff