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Town: Austin

Observing site:  3 mi. east of Austin, NV

Address:  accessible off State Route 50

Contact:  Gary Emerson

Phone:  505-534-4264

Restrictions:  None that the contributor is aware of.  Site is on public land under the BLM

Directions:  Take State Route 50 about 3 miles east of Austin. At the summit, take the small dirt road about 1/2 mile north.  Google map

Current weather: Click for Austin, Nevada Forecast

How are the sky conditions?   During the 2001 Leonid meteor shower, Gary Emerson (who contributed this site) measured the sky brightness with a CCD camera at 22.1 mag/arc-sec^2.

Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night:

     At the zenith:

7

     East:

7

     West:

7

     North:

7

     South:

7

Best horizon:  All

Worst horizon:  None

Comments from contributor:  This is my favorite observing location in North America. From Austin Summit, el about 7,500', it is possible to see between 50 and 100 miles in most directions and not a single artificial light is visible. The "normal" sky brightness is about 21.8 with exceptional nights below 22 mag. There are a couple of nice, small, and cheap motels in Austin just down the road to the west. The bar in Austin is a "must see". Nights are cool to cold at this location even in summer, so plan ahead.

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Town: Glendale

Observing site: 15 mi. NW of Glendale, NV on State Route 168

Address:  State Route 168

Contact:  James Peterson

Phone:  702-277-5350

Restrictions:  None that the contributor is aware of.  Site is on public land under the BLM

Directions:  From Las Vegas go North on I-15 20 mi. to Hwy 93, the Caliente/Ely exit. Go North on Hwy 93 approximately 30 mi to State Route 168 turnoff for Glendale. Go East 5 mi. (I highly recommend resetting the vehicles trip meter at the 93/168 turnoff, as the next turn is almost exactly 5 mi and can be difficult to locate in the dark) and look for a stop sign on the left side of the road (you will see the back side of the sign). Turn left and approximately 30 yards you will come to a paved road that bears to the left. Go down this road 1-2 mi till you find a spot you like, pull over & set up. Drive slowly on this road, even though it's paved, it's not maintained & there are several spots where the asphalt has been washed away from flash floods, but generally it's a good road and can be traveled by any vehicle (I use my Camaro).  Map to Glendale, Nevada

Current weather:       Click for Overton, Nevada Forecast

How are the sky conditions?  Very good, moderately high mountains to the East but all other directions have excellent horizons. On moonless nights, Andromeda can be easily picked out. You can see the glow from Las Vegas to the south, but its far enough away that it's not really a factor.

Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night:

     At the zenith:

6.5

     East:

5.5

     West:

5

     North:

6

     South:

5

Best horizon:  North, less than 10 degrees cut off

Worst horizon:  East: dark, but, close mountains horizon 25-30 degrees. South: low horizons, but glow from Vegas can be a distraction.

Comments from contributor:  Nice site, dark, good horizons and no traffic. I've been going here about 9 mo. and have not see a single vehicle on this road. It can be difficult to locate "5 mile road" (that's what I call it) from Hwy 168, especially in the dark so I highly recommend going out before it gets dark and setting the trip meter or noting the mileage on the odometer. I have did this several times (stop sign to stop sign) and each time it has just started to turn 5 mi when I get to the stop sign. Bring bug spray and beware of critters. I have not seen any snakes but they're out there, STICK TO THE ROAD!!!

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