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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.

Map to White Ridge Bike Trails

Clear Sky Clock for White Ridge Bike Trails

2020 Dates (Weather Permitting)
Jan 25
Feb 22
Mar 21
Messier Marathon
Apr 18
May 23
Jul 18
Aug 15
Sep 12
Nov 14
Dec 12

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


 

Sunset at White Ridge Dark Site


Past 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