Painted Pony Stargazing
Backyard astronomy is a favorite with our guests because of the low atmospheric interference and our location remote from the light pollution around towns and cities. For this reason, the night sky is outstanding and we are the perfect location to view the sky. Join other amateur astronomers around the world to behold the beauty of the heavens.
Favorite observing targets are the Moon, Planets, open clusters, and multiple stars.
If you are into astronomy it would be best to bring your own equipment. However, we do have a basic telescope you are welcome to use.
If you want to learn how to use a telescope or get more involved, we would suggest contacting All Star Telescope.
Links to Other Pics Taken at PPR
-- Stargazing --
Because We Have a Dark, Clear Sky
All-Star Telescope Party at The Painted Pony Resort
All-Star returns to PPR every year with around twenty participants along with hosts, Bev & Ken Frome. Enjoying six days and five spectacular nights under the clear dark skies of southwestern New Mexico. Situated fifty miles north of the Mexican border and only a few miles from Arizona Sky Village and from SkyBuckets, PPR offers some of North America's darkest skies and at 4000 feet clear, dry conditions for maximum visibility. Nights are clear offering exceptional viewing and imaging. Participants bring a variety of telescopes including Dobsonians and imaging systems.
Messier 4 Wide Field (Scorpius) by Dalton Wilson. To see more of Dalton Wilson's Photos from the All-Star Alberta Party, please see his website
Evening Star Trails at PPR - by John MacDonald. Watch this time lapse video by John MacDonald of the Milky Way rising in the morning hours.
Trifid Nebula by Ken From (Celestron C-11 CGEM with HyperStar)
Why All-Star Telescope Comes to PPR
Skies free of light pollution a component of atmospheric transparency, astronomical seeing, and weather, on earth or in space, all play a role in the ability to view and enjoy the night sky. The San Simon Valley combines excellent conditions and is the home to numerous private, educational, and commercial observatories in addition to 2 communities dedicated to amateur astronomy, Arizona Sky Village and Rancho Hidalgo.
The closest city, Douglas, is over 50 miles to the southwest on the west side of the Pedragosa Mountains and the valley with a population density of less than 1 person/ square mile combine to result in a valley with exceptionally dark skies.
Sitting at an average altitude of 4000' the valley floor ranks seventh in the nation when compared with the average elevation in the 50 states and is above much of low level atmospheric perturbations. The high open desert is free from heat islands meaning uniform heating and cooling improving viewing conditions.
Finally, the direction of wind in the valley is from 195 degrees, along its length, increasing laminar airflow and decreasing rotors and other factors that can mix the air mass and reduce the viewers ability to see that is frequently the result of air masses of different densities moving over mountain ranges.
Here are links to more beautiful images taken at PPR