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Salton Sea

255 Pomona Blvd

(Picture is from Stellarium, showing us where the core will be at 10:30pm) Meeting Area: Metro Park & Ride - $2 to Park 255 Pomona Blvd. Los Angeles, CA (I had trouble with the Address so here's the address to the gas station across the street as a secondary. Chevron - 250 S Atlantic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022) Carpooling: I will be driving and can take 3 people comfortable or 4 semi-comfortable. Please message me if you can offer up to drive and bring people. For people who will be carpooling, I ask that you please give $5-$10 gas money to the driver to even out the cost. Dinner at Denny's: We have a tradition of eating dinner at Denny's before we start our adventure! Eat enough to keep you filled for hours as we'll be out there for a few hours. I usually fill up my thermo with coffee to have hot coffee. Salton Sea: This will be my first time at Salton sea and id figure it would be best if we get there early to explore and get some cool shots of all the interesting things out there. Im not sure what to expect so we'll explore together. -Please be familiar with navigating the settings on your camera at night.. -Bring good trail shoes. I have 4 long range radio walkie-talkie's that will be distributed to a few to keep in contact at all times. Weather: Clouds: TBD High 107˚/Low 75˚ Sunset: 7:50pm Moonset: 12:46pm Camera Gear to Bring: Camera Lenses Tripod Shutter release remote (optional) Extra Batteries Other Items to Bring: Head Lamp Beach chairs Snacks/Water Thermo travel mug for coffee/tea Bug Repellant info on Salton Sea: https://www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com/blog/post/first-timers-guide-to-visiting-the-salton-sea/ https://californiathroughmylens.com/salton-sea-attractions-lakes-art

Malibu: Sandstone Peak (Great for Beginners)

Sandstone Peak Trailhead Parking

(Picture is from Stellarium and it shows the cores position at 10pm) Meeting Area: We'll meet directly at the meetup due to it being local. Type this in Google maps: "Sandstone Peak Trailhead Parking" This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning how to take astro photos or to practice to come out and learn. Sandstone Peak: Ventura County's share of the Santa Monica Mountains has some of the darkest skies that urban-influenced range has to offer. One spot here that's especially popular with serious stargazers is the Sandstone trailhead, a nice protected parking lot just a stone's throw from the Circle X Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and just 12 miles from the Westlake exit on the 101. The secluded parking lot has lots of room, but if you happen by on a popular stargazing night to find it full, the smaller Canyon View trailhead less than a mile farther along on Yerba Buena Road is a great Plan B. Weather: Clouds: TBD High 104˚/Low 73˚ 54% Humidity Sunset: 8pm Moonset: 5:12pm Camera Gear to Bring: Camera Lenses Tripod Shutter release remote (optional) Extra Batteries Other Items to Bring: Warm Clothing Head Lamp Beach chairs Snacks/Water Thermo travel mug for coffee/tea Bug Repellant info on Sandstone Peak: https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/sandstone-peak/

Camping: Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles

(Picture is from Stellarium and it shows the cores position at 9pm) Meeting Area: Park and Ride 1553 E Wilson Ave, Glendale, CA 91206 Free to park. It is recommended that you drive an SUV/Truck as the road to trona, once we get closer, becomes very rocky terrain. For those that are carpooling, i ask that you give the drivers $10 for gas. Lunch: We'll start the drive and gran lunch on the road as a group. Trona Pinnacles: After moonset/new moon it gets very very dark. Please be familiar with navigating the settings on your camera at night. The trail goes from sandy to rocky to gravel at random so bring good trail shoes. There is ok reception but a good idea would be to download offline maps using the google app. I have verizon and was able to facetime just fine. I have 4 long range radio walkie-talkie's that will be distributed to a few to keep in contact at all times. Depending on the number of people that go, we may split up the group so that there aren't too many in one area. Doing this will allow for the smaller groups to focus on their shots with less light interruption. No matter where the groups split up to, the walkie talkies will keep us in contact, they are Weather: High 96˚/Low 67˚ Sunset: 7:11pm Please bring anything to keep you warm: jackets, sweaters, thermal clothing, gloves, beanies, hand warmers, thermal neck warmer etc... Camera Gear to Bring: Camera Lenses Tripod Shutter release remote (optional) Extra Batteries Camping Gear: Tarp Tent Sleeping bag Food/snacks pillow Other Items to Bring: Warm Clothing Head Lamp Beach chairs Snacks/Water Thermo travel mug for coffee/tea Bug Repellant Trail shoes Any questions please feel free to message me! Details on Trona: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g33190-d2263403-r157139061-Trona_Pinnacles-Trona_California.html Details on camping at Trona: https://trailtopeak.com/2017/11/25/camping-at-trona-pinnacles-in-the-california-desert/ https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/trona-pinnacles-wild-camping

Camping: Death Valley, Furnace Creek

Death Valley National Park

$25.00

Alright this ones a big one! One of our members opened a discussion to see if anyone would be interested on a Death Valley camping trip and a few people are interested so I thought id make a meetup of it to organize it. Im really excited about this one and its a great way to end the milky way season! I for one have never been so it'll be an experience for me but one that i'm looking forward to. The drive is roughly 7 hours. We will be camping at Furnace Creek . This camp site has drinking water, picnic tables, flush toilets and a dump station and camp fire stove ring. If you want check out the website, go to https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/232496 We'll also be driving out to a few spots. One being, The racetrack playa. A high clearance vehicle (truck/suv) is recommended for the drive out to the racetrack playa. It is a rough road but passable. Nothing crazy, just rough. Its about 2 1/2 hours. Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSJJStIZuVg I'll def borrow a jeep or rent a truck for this one. Meeting Area: Metro Park & Ride - $2 to Park 255 Pomona Blvd. Los Angeles, CA (I had trouble with the Address so here's the address to the gas station across the street as a secondary. Chevron - 250 S Atlantic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022) Carpooling: I will be driving and can take 2- 3 depending on what i rent/borrow. Please message me if you can offer up your truck/SUV to bring people. For everyone, the cost will be $25. The cost may change once we get closer to the date but this is to offset the cost of renting the camping area and gas (if you're carpooling). Dinner at Denny's We have a tradition of eating dinner/lunch before the long drive to meet everyone, chat and fill up! Weather: Skies: TBD High 93˚/Low 62˚ Please bring anything to keep you warm: jackets, sweaters, thermal clothing, gloves etc... Camera Gear to Bring: Camera Lenses Tripod Shutter release remote (optional) Extra Batteries Camping gear/other Items to Bring: Warm Clothing Head Lamp Beach chairs Snacks/Water Thermo travel mug for coffee/tea Bug Repellant Hand Warmers tent/tent tarp sleeping bag lantern Check out this website for a lot more info and a checklist: https://www.cozi.com/blog/family-camping-checklist-and-a-few-great-tips/

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