[AZ-Observing] Observing in Arizona

  • From: "Frank Kraljic" <FJKraljic@xxxxxxx>
  • To: "EVAC" <evac@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2004 09:27:39 -0700

As Thad and Tom pointed, the best course of action is to contact the Border
Patrol and Sheriff's Office, explain our purpose, and provide them a list of
observing dates.  In return, those agencies should provide us with contact
information if we observe suspicious activity and how to deal with
confrontations should that occur.  I'm sure they would appreciate an extra
set of eyes monitoring traffic.

Second, an alternate location east or west from Vekol Road, but south of the
I-8 is a safer prospect to avoid potential confrontations; however that will
not stop the pull-overs, as these agencies have a job to serve.  Many
astronomers at Vekol are setting up deeper into the desert from the road.
This is not a bad idea and may be a solution.

Regarding confrontations with either illegal immigrants or drug traffickers,
our strength comes from our numbers.  No one should be left alone.  Like
Stan, I and many others have no fear of camping out alone, however times
have changed and one of the last things we should like to hear is a news
report for a missing amateur astronomer.

We participate in a safe and friendly hobby--minus stepping on rattlesnakes
and walking into bushes--there should be no reason why everyone cannot enjoy
the night sky, and together we can do that... and have been doing just that.


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