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Smokey Jack Observatory

Smokey Jack Observatory (SJO) in Colorado is located 47 miles (75 km) west of Pueblo, a couple of hours drive south of the Denver airport. The observatory lies in Westcliffe, a very friendly International Dark Skies Community (https://www.darksky.org/our-work/conservation/idsp/communities/thecliffs/) Situated between the parallel Wet Mountain and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges, the area is well-shielded from…read more »

Smokey Jack Observatory (SJO) in Colorado is located 47 miles (75 km) west of Pueblo, a couple of hours drive south of the Denver airport. The observatory lies in Westcliffe, a very friendly International Dark Skies Community (https://www.darksky.org/our-work/conservation/idsp/communities/thecliffs/) Situated between the parallel Wet Mountain and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges, the area is well-shielded from the most significant source of skyglow in the region, coming from cities along and near the Interstate 25 corridor. Generally, the best (and warmest) months are May through September since the SJO is open to the environment to allow the telescope to be at a stable temperature with the outside air. The observatory is available for free, private viewing sessions by making reservations directly with the master guide, Mr. Clint Smith (clintsmith5555 at live.com).

Deborah Byrd