While we do use the following sites for club-sanctioned star parties, we have some recommendations regarding their use at other times:
1) We discourage observing at these sites alone. We recommend visiting these sites only if accompanied by others, preferably with a second vehicle.
2) We strongly advise having some means of contacting emergency services if the need arises. Cell phones are a must.
3) We strongly discourage anyone intervening with any activity that appears to be illegal. Don't be a hero, call the appropriate agency.
4) ALWAYS let others know exactly where you are going to be, and when you expect to return. Stick to the plan or communicate any changes.
Astronomy is supposed to be fun. Follow these guidelines, and enjoy the night sky!
Hovatter Road (Antennas) Observing Site PDF Handout
Fredericksen Meadow Maps & Directions
Stoneman Lake Map & Directions
If you have a Garmin GPS receiver you can click here to download an Az Observing Site Garmin (.gdb) database file which you can open in MapSource and then send to your GPS unit. This will allow you to invoke your receiver's GoTo functionality to calculate a route to all of the observing sites we frequent, complete with turn-by-turn directions.
Click HERE to download an Excel worksheet listing all SAC observing sites (with GPS coordinates)
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