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July 2024

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Dark Site at White Ridge Bike Trails  

The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society has obtained permission from the BLM to use the parking lot of the White Ridge Bike Trails for our local dark site.  The parking lot is located just southwest of San Ysidro, NM at 4493 Cabezon Rd.  The RRAS will be observing at the site on the Saturday closest to New Moon.  Club members usually arrive about a half-hour before sunset, and observing sessions can run the entire night.

Dark Site Coordinator:  Darin Templet

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Past RRAS President Jon Schuchardt (at right) and other RRAS members at White Ridge


Sunset at White Ridge Dark Site

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RRAS President Laurie Wells setting up for a night of astrophotography

M-1, the Crab Nebula taken by Past RRAS President Laurie Wells at the White Ridge Dark Site