Winchester Gun Club
This is one of your Clubs dark sky observations sites, located off of West Camino Cielo. This place can only be used by our Club Members, as we have special permission from the owners of the land.
The Gun Club is located at an elevation of roughly 3000 feet. It is removed enough from Santa Barbara that much of the sky glow is eliminated. There are several concrete pads and picnic tables which make for a nice area to setup. Most of set up all the way in the back.
To get to the Gun Club, take Highway
154 north over San Marcos Pass. Get off at West Camino Cielo.
The exit is a left-hand turn, almost at the top of the Pass.
This is the best Dark sky you can get to around here in an less than 1 1/2 Hour drive from Santa Barbara and from Goleta its about 1 1/4 hour to get to the site. There are 4 site's you can go to. Here I will give directions to the 2 sites that I think are best.
Directions to Figueroa:
8. SITE #2 The Saddle do not
take the dirt road on step #6 Continue on the paved road past
Figueroa Mt. Campground It will take you about another 6 to 10
min's to get to the RED MOUND on the right. 9. At about 4 Miles
you will come up on a Big Area of Red Dirt (RED MOUND) on your
right side. Your almost there. Some times you might see some of
the Vandenberg members at this spot.
Mount Pinos is one of the darkest spots you can get to with-in a 2 hr drive from Santa Barbara. During the summer months and in to late fall you will find quite a large crowd with lots of telescopes. Also I have taking a lot of images from this site, but it is starting to show a lot of sky glow compared to 20 years ago when I first started going to Mt Pinos
Directions for the Santa Barbara Area.
We use the Lake for both Outreach events during the Summer and for our Astronomy Clubs Annual AU Campout at the end of summer. Our Outreach events are at the Dakota Plains area and out campouts are at Mohawk Shores. I have done some Imaging here but there is a lot of Sky Glow from Santa Barbara. If you happen to get a think Fog bank over Santa Barbara then its a great place to image.
Lake San AntonioAlso the site for Calstar
The overflow area at the lake is a great place for observing. it gets very dark with a fantastic horizon. I have taken some fantastic images here and meet some very nice Astronomers at Calstar. The Overflow area is the best place to setup. The Sky's here can be very dark. This year because of the lake being drained for the Dam repair. It is only $10.00 a night to camp there. You also need to make sure that you bring lots of water. During the Summer Months it can get over 100 Degrees here.
Driving Directions from Santa Barbara area.