Just returned from Cherry Rd and it was excellent, a great observing site and only 75 miles away! It's actually only 8 miles further than the Dugas site, but without the 7 miles of bad road and the cow pies. I would still be up there but I've got familial duties today. I suggest leaving as early as possible. Friday it was a 2 1/2 hr drive. There were backups at Carefree Hwy, Blk Canyon City and the road up the mountain. It should be better today, but I saw heavy oncoming traffic this morning. Only an hour and 5 minutes to come back, zero traffic! Sky was very transparent, pretty turbulent, and very dark. Small light dome to the S. It was good to get above the gunk, and it was surprising how quickly the stars came out at twilight. They say long ago people could easily see Venus in the daytime, the atmosphere was so clear. The insect problem was not bad at all like last year. There was a slight breeze, that helped, and very cold toward morning. Bring the long johns. Jack > > Hey Thad and Others, > > Cherry Rd on Saturday sounds like a great idea, it's been a long time since > I was there. > ( Also, it will be good to get out of the heat!) > > Dave Steiner > > > That was my idea to get out of the heat, Cherry Rd site ought to be > 20 deg cooler than the dersert and your up above the gunk layer too. :-) > > Clear Cool Skies > Dwight L Bogan --- This message is from the AZ-Observing mailing list. If you wish to be removed from this list, send E-mail to: AZ-Observing-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, with the subject: unsubscribe. The list's archive is at: //www.freelists.org/archives/az-observing This is a discussion list. Please send personal inquiries directly to the message author. In other words, do not use "reply" for personal messages. Thanks.