Visiting deep space through astro-photography
Bright Star Observatory was established during the early 1990’s as the Night Watch Observatory. As of August 2014, the Special Use Permit was transferred to Richard Sandler, the current owner. Bright Star is adjacent to the aircraft parking ramp of the Blue Canyon/Nyack airport, located in the Tahoe National Forest at an elevation of approximately 5,300 feet.
Operated by Placer County in Northern California, the airport’s purpose is to support firefighting activities. Private aircraft use the airport for landing, overnight storage, and takeoff weather permitting.
SUPs were granted by the United States Forestry Service to each of the owner/operators of the three other observatories. Bright Star Observatory is located at the far southern extreme of the aircraft parking area.
With a life-long interest in astronomy, Richard Sandler, is fulfilling his passion through astro-photography. During his regular visits to the site he captures Deep Space Objects (DSO) like galaxies and nebulae and operates his equipment semi-automatically under computer control. From time to time guests are invited to his site to explore the universe.
In addition, Bright Star often hosts Star Parties as the location affords excellent dark skies and a large macadam area to erect telescope equipment. As many as 75 telescopes have been at the location during star parties.
Visit this site frequently for informational links and star party updates.
The coordinates of the observatory are: N39° 16’ 26.6”, W120° 42’ 31.4”.
For more information Contact Richard: