Is remote Tucson safe for making star trails?

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hotdog321
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Re: Is remote Tucson safe for making star trails?

ThrillaMozilla wrote:

lost alaskan wrote:

Trash news or whatever, it's good to be cautious. We've all heard stories about the drug smugellers. People smugellers and so forth. Unless you mess with them, you will be OK. Kind of like rattlers, they rattle, you jump back.

The OP probably has visions of the wild west, and will be seeing hordes of villains in big hats behind every cactus, waiting to rob him--all within sight of his 4-star hotel at the edge of the city. After a few minutes he will realize that those imagined villains are the saguaro cactuses, and the ice will be broken. Seriously, he needs to just relax and enjoy the beauty of the place.

But if he wants dark skies, he probably needs to really get out into the desert at a more remote location, with appropriate precautions, because it is, after all, the desert.

If the OP would feel safer, there are lots of Dark Sky locations across the U.S., but his concerns are almost entirely unfounded. He would be in far more danger in the middle of any city at night.

https://www.darksky.org/our-work/conservation/idsp/finder/

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