SquirrelHead wrote:Sweet! I am adding this to my long list of things to do. Of course I know the list is out the window once I actually get there and start experiencing everything.
It'll be more difficult to see it in the city with BRC light pollution, try to be aware of that no matter how dusty it is or isn't, or what phase & stage the moon is in.
My home home is at 7000 elev. above sea level. Looking up, while standing on my deck on a dark and crystal clear night, the Milky Way overtakes a huge swath of the night sky...it looks close enough to give you veritgo just looking at it. *It looks like clouds made of stars*
I can't beleive you haven't seen the Milky Way Squirrelhead! (btw, seen through the naked eye means, looking without a telescope)
2012 burn there's a full moon and (probable) extra dusty skies. If the full moon brightness doesn't wash out the subtle Milky Way, you've got a tiny chance the night sky might be clear enough to actually see it in it's glory, while on the playa.
I would only plan this if I could (figure out!) gps and time the night without a moon (on noes! not me?) and you need to be lucky enough to have clear skies.
If clear skies, and no moon phase & stage issues, then be there in place,
sit and wait out in deep darker playa, maybe you'll see it.
If kinda, sorta, maybe clear-ish skies, and you get tired of sitting in the deep dark playa, asuming without a moon (mm mmm!) and you're in the city and you can somehow see through BRC light pollution well enough to see it clears
at the magic Milky Way hour, that's when you practice immediacy,
hop on your bikes and zip to the pre planned gps, deep playa spot and see it in it's glory.
~Bring some refreshments.
I'm the MAN in a truck, burner who is stuck, you're in luck! I'll whip out my BIG tow chain and not charge you, not even one lousy buck!