Town: Ellensburg (23 miles north of town)
Observing site: Table Mountain (site is used for the annual Table Mountain Star Party)
Restrictions: During the week of the Table Mountain Star Party, only people that have registered and paid are allowed in.
How are the sky conditions? Decent. The site is on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, at a high elevation. This is the "dry" side of the mountains.
Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night: 5.5 At the zenith, dust lanes in the Milky Way are clear and distinct. The double cluster in Perseus as well as the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) are obvious naked-eye objects
Best horizon (direction and approximate altitude cut-off): East, zero degrees.
(direction and approximate altitude cut-off):
There is a small light-pollution dome along the southeastern horizon from the
Tri Cities (Richland, Pasco and Kennewick). The major (brightest) dome to
the south is a combination of Ellensburg and Yakima. To the west, a minor
light dome can be seen from Seattle-Tacoma.
Comments from contributor: Nice open meadow site, with trees surrounding, which are nice for camping. One small campground with pit toilet is available. High elevation means the site has mosquitoes some times of the year, and also can be quite chilly even in summer. Not accessible in winter.
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