« on: January 22, 2013, 11:18:56 PM »
Go to the Indian Pass Peninsula!
I'm in Pensacola, my astronomy club's dark site is in Blackwater River State forest, VERY nice in winter and about a 55 mile drive. I do astronomy outreach for scout groups that have a campground farther into Blackwater Forest, spectacular skies and very stable air. I frequently head to Gulf Islands National Seashore and nearby Big Lagoon State Park, they're both very close and dark towards the Gulf, not too shabby overhead. Our summer skies are very hit and miss and any location is a serious mosquito feed on summer evenings - August is particularly useless, miserable humid and perpetual thunderstorms. We do somewhat of a 'sidewalk astronomy' gaze at Pensacola Beach two nights per month in the warmer weather, near first quarter moon. Lots of light pollution but with a modified camera and LPR filters it's surprising what can be picked out. Meet a lot of interesting folks from all over who come for a few weeks.