Milky Way at Harkers Island

One of the Crystal Coast Stargazers dark sky site is at Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitor’s Center on Harkers Island.  It was a nice day for stargazing.  The only problem the wind was out of the northeast, which make it cool.  There was small craft warning for Cape Lookout during the day, which meant the wind were blowing at 20 plus knots. The temperature got … Continue reading Milky Way at Harkers Island

Cape Lookout National Seashore

On July 17, the Astronomy Club in Morehead City, NC. (Crystal Coast Stargazers Club) had an outing on Great Island (a barrier island part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore).  I went with two other guys to Davis, NC. to catch the ferry boat across to the Great Island.  We had a cabin for the evening.  Unfortunately, no one brought a portal generator, so we … Continue reading Cape Lookout National Seashore

Sunrise at Harkers Island

I was hoping to capture the comet Swan in the very early dawn (comet C/2020 F8). This comet was only recently discovered at the end of March and it has been putting on an incredible show for people in the southern hemisphere. For us, in the northern hemisphere it is visible in the southeast, just above the horizon for only about an hour or so … Continue reading Sunrise at Harkers Island

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

I am a member of the Crystal Coast Star Gazers .  The Crystal Coast Star Gazers club is working with the National Park office for the  Cape Lookout National Seashore  to designate Cape Lookout as a dark sky site.  I had the opportunity to camp over night at the Cape Lookout National Seashore to view the Milky Way in the morning sky. So when is … Continue reading Cape Lookout Lighthouse