Southeastern Arizona has its own astronomy hot spots

MSNBC.com posted a story by Travel + Leisure on the world’s top 10 stargazing destinations. They mentioned places all around the world.. from Chile to China. What? can’t manage a trip to one of those far flung locales?

In southeastern Arizona, Cochise County has some really cool spots to stargaze:

Unfortunately, the Astronomer’s Inn recently closed. Please check back later for updates. Vega-Bray Observatory and Astronomer’s Inn near Benson – Founded in 1990, this privately owned observatory is dedicated to public education. It houses eight major telescopes, including some by renowned Phoenix optician, Max Bray and boasts an electrically controlled 14-foot Ash viewing dome. Unique to Vega-Bray is the Astronomer’s Inn, a bed and breakfast adjacent to the observatory that overlooks the San Pedro River Valley-a perfect place for amateur or professional astronomers to rest their heads after a stargazing night. Vega-Bray also houses a science museum, classroom and planetarium.

Huachuca Astronomy Club’s Observatories in Sierra Vista – With 15 local observatories owned by amateur skywatchers, members of this astronomy club in Cochise County enjoys sharing the boundless skies with groups and visitors. They hold monthly open-to-the public star parties that educate newcomers to planetary and astral wonders.

In 2005, Cochise County’s lawmakers updated their light codes to help reduce light pollution and keep the skies dark for better stargazing. With our wide open spaces, Cochise County is a great place to stargaze! Find out more on Cochise County’s site and book your trip today!

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