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Night sky recommendation for Sept/Oct

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Looking to book a night sky tour during our visit next month. Based on our lodging, where and with whom should we look to book?

Nights of Sept 26, 27, 28, 29 = Moab

Night of Sept 30 = Torrey

Nights of Oct 1, 2, 3 = Springdale

Nights of Oct 4, 5 = Bryce

Night of Oct 6 = SLC

Thanks for the help

Pat

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The new moon is October 6 - so close to this date, but not SLC

Choose Bryce Canyon - note the Ranger tours will not be offered during your visit so go with the following company which has the best telescopes and astronomers - Dark Ranger tours:

https://www.darkrangertelescopetours.com/

Here are their telescopes:

https://www.darkrangertelescopetours.com/the-telescopes-our-tools.html

Ask therm to bring their Celestron C-14-A-XLT SCT on CGE Pro (equatorial goto mount), It is a great telescope which I have owned and will purchase again if I move to Utah. If they set up early in the evening you will get great views of all of the Planets of the Solar System (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) except for Mercury and Mars which will set with the Sun. They can also show you the Andromeda galaxy which will be out as well as many nebula associated with the central core of the Milky Way which you will see rising vertically from the SW horizon.

Here is the Solar System imaged from my telescope:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/152544914@N02/48080712618/

and the Andromeda Galaxy:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/152544914@N02/32901518680/

Clear sky !!

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You can also go out by yourselves at the other parks 1 1/2 hrs after sunset to stargaze. Look for the Milky Way rising vertically from the horizon towards the SW

If you do not have one download an astronomy app, I use SkyView Lite

Where to Go by yourselves:

Moab - Balanced rock or the windows section parking lots

Capitol reef - Panorama point - bring flashlights

Springdale - behind the Human History museum or Springdale Cemetery, see here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/152544914@N02/51254248889/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/152544914@N02/51250245918/

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Great information from SwimFan. Just so you know, the entire town of Torrey, Utah is designated dark sky. If you are staying right in Torrey, all you need to do is walk a couple of blocks away from Main Street and look up.

You didn't ask for comments on your itinerary, but I'm wondering why you would drive past Bryce from Torrey to get to Springdale only to drive back to Bryce three nights later? Or are you intentionally skipping driving the famous scenic byway highway 12 between Torrey and Bryce?

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WOW! Such great info. We are forever grateful. It wasn’t intentional but not sad it has worked out this way. We were able to grab 2 nights in the lodge @ Bryce so reconfigured a bit.

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If it’s you plan to drive highway 22 on the way to Zion, allow at least five hours, no stops for anything. You will want to make stops on highway 12.

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Thanks so much for this post and replies. We will also be staying in Tropic to visit Bryce Canyon October 4 and 5 so have booked the 5th. Maybe we will see the OP?

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Thanks Connie. My gps has 24 to 62 to 89 to 9 for about 3 1/2 hrs.

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Ha! See you under the stars

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Those GPS coordinates skip one of the best scenic drives in Utah, highway 12 between Torrey and Bryce. Plus the drive time is without any stops whatsoever, no allowances for getting stuck behind a slow moving vehicle on the two lane roads and not being able to pass safely for awhile. Nor does it allow for slow traffic thru Zion from the east entrance or possibly getting delayed at the tunnels on highway 9 in Zion.

I've been on the GPS route. Most of the drive is ho hum except for a section on 64 and highway 9 after you enter Zion. IMO, it would be too bad to miss the drive on highway 12. But it's your choice.

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