Observing Sites


The club regularly meets to observe at four different locations:

Tech Terrace Park

Gott Observatory

Old Emma Cemetery

Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge

 
 

Tech Terrace Park

On the 3rd Friday of the month, we hold a public star party at Tech Terrace park, weather permitting.

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Gott Observatory at Skyview

This is the TTU Observatory located a convenient distance northwest of Lubbock.  Unfortunately, Lubbock’s light pollution makes observing southern objects difficult from this site.  We work around the astronomy program’s schedule, but this is our go-to local site.
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Old Emma Cemetery

The town of Emma was the county seat of Crosby county back before the railroad came through what is now Crosbyton.  Once a prosperous town, Emma soon became a ghost town as the people and businesses moved to Crosbyton.  Today, the only thing left of the town is the abandoned cemetery, now sitting in the middle of cotton fields.  The parking area makes for a nice site for us to observe southern objects without a long drive.

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Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge

The wildlife refuge is the place you’re most likely to find the club members on a new Moon weekend.  We set up at the Paul’s Lake observation platform and must be conscious the wildlife, especially during the Sandhill Crane migration that stretches roughly from November to March.  We must also call ahead to let the manager know we’ll be out there and he requests that we also sign the guest book when we visit.  It’s about 70 miles from Lubbock, but well worth the drive.

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