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ASTRONOMY TRAVEL by Richard S. Wright, Jr.

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Shoot from the darkest skies in the southeast.
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have remote observatories and boast
about imaging from the comfort of their couch using a
laptop to control their equipment in another state. Not me
- I'm strictly a hands-on imager. Perhaps it's my childhood
love of the outdoors, but when I image, I want to go someplace and earn the data. I must go there to hunt my prey!
So it was on a trip to the Winter Star Party in the Florida
Keys that I learned about Dry Tortugas National Park, which

S SHOOTING FROM THE GULF The Dry Tortugas is a small group of
islands in the Gulf of Mexico dominated by the large brick structure of
Fort Jefferson on Garden Key. Up to 10 people can camp on the island
for three days, providing a great opportunity for some serious imaging
and observing. All photos were provided by the author.

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is about as far from civilization as you can get in the southeastern United States. A Google search turned up a handful of nightscape images taken from the islands' dark skies,
which made me determined to try my hand at imaging from
this remote destination.
Located 70 miles west of Key West, the Dry Tortugas are
accessible only by seaplane or boat (drytortugasinfo.com),
though overnight visitors are restricted to traveling via the
ferry from Key West. Here you'll find a lighthouse and Fort
Jefferson, which was built in the mid-1800s to guard the
trade route in and out of the Gulf of Mexico. For a time the
fort was used as a prison, and even held several convicts from
the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.
Today it's a haven for birds and sea turtles and is surrounded
by some of the best-preserved coral reefs in the gulf. There is
a small campground where you can spend up to three nights.


http://www.drytortugasinfo.com

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