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    Kiwi in Las Vegas

    Kia ora. I came to LV, from New Zealand, to get married (by Elvis) 6 months ago and have remained. I dabbled in film for some 40 years but went digital 2 years ago. I have mixed feelings about that; seems to me editing is more labour intensive than darkroom work. Last week my wife bought me a Pentax 645 so I have decided to get into b/w printing again. I'm also building a guiding platform so I can indulge my primary interest - astrophotography. I'm sure the Northern Hemisphere skies have plenty to offer me. Now if someone could turn off all those lights. Cheers.

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    Aloha and welcome from Hawaii. Personally, I prefer NZ over LV - but, to each his own.
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    Welcome!

    Las Vegas is my favorite place to vacation. Endless photo opportunities there.

    I'm not really a stargazer, but I do know that groups go up into the mountains between Las Vegas and Pahrump and they do get away from the glow of the city.

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    Welcome! Astrophotography anywhere near LV must be tough! But you do have some great rocks out east of you! On my trips to NZ, seeing the Southern Cross and all the "new" stars was always good.

    Vaughn

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    Welcome Pixelsaurus and WTG!
    "He took to writing poetry and visiting the elves: and though many shook their heads and touched their foreheads and said 'Poor old Baggins!' and though few believed any of his tales, he remained very happy till the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long "- JRR Tolkien, ' The Hobbit '.

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    Welcome to APUG from NYC

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    Welcome!! from western Massachusetts. The desert at night has some pretty amazing stars.

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    The desert at night has some pretty amazing stars.
    I agree. I lived in Vegas 1978-79 and I remember driving a few miles out of the city, lying on the hood of my car and watching the stars. After a while I saw an object passing overhead, obviously a satellite of some sort. It was larger than a star, and it's light pulsated slowly. I was confused for a moment, then I realized that what I was seeing was Skylab! The pulsating was caused by it's rotation and it's white and black panels. This wasn't too long before it reentered the atmosphere and burned up. Well, mostly anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b1bmsgt View Post
    I agree. I lived in Vegas 1978-79 and I remember driving a few miles out of the city, lying on the hood of my car and watching the stars. After a while I saw an object passing overhead, obviously a satellite of some sort. It was larger than a star, and it's light pulsated slowly. I was confused for a moment, then I realized that what I was seeing was Skylab! The pulsating was caused by it's rotation and it's white and black panels. This wasn't too long before it reentered the atmosphere and burned up. Well, mostly anyway.

    Ahh, memories...



    Russ
    Nowadays, you'd have to drive far further than a few miles to get to dark skies anywhere near Vegas.

    Getting to be that way in Tucson too.

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    Welcome to apug. There are nice people here, enjoy.

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