Night Skys In Big Water Utah are hard to beat

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC

Astronomy was never one of my strong suits. We had a telescope many years ago but sold it. Recently my son has gotten seriously interested in astronomy, and some of the pictures he is getting using a realtively inexpensive telescope and his Canon XTI are pretty astounding. Technology has certainly changed the accessibility to do things like this.

One of the great things about living in Big Water is the lack of light pollution. The stars really shine here. Some of the photos he is taking are using  exposures of up to 4 minutes. A laptop, a webcam, a small motor for the telescope, a tracking program and the result are some breath-taking photos.

Big Water, in fact, Kane County, is pretty quiet at night. You hear the coyotes yipping at each other and trying to stir up the local dogs, but not much in the way of traffic. The 71 miles of Highway 89 running from Kanab, Utah to Page, Arizona has the occassional semi truck whiz by, but even that is off in the distance. One of my next posts will delve into the wild life of this area but for now, the idea that it is quiet is what I am going for.

Sitting in the front yard, telescope set up, watching the images on the laptop and enjoying good conversation has got to be a highlight in my life.  Knowing summer is around the corner and conversations will turn to Lake Powell, boating, fishing, swimming, and torusim it's nice to enjoy this chilly part of spring, the stillness of it all and ponder what's out there.

Orion Nebula taken from Big Water, Utah

 Double Cluster


Posted by Heather Rankin, Realtor

Lake Powell Real Estate Blog 

Comments (5)

Kenneth Cole
Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, - Staten Island, NY
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
That is fantastic.  Any pics of Saturn or Jupiter?
Mar 01, 2008 10:28 PM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Kenneth - He adds new photos most every week. You can check out his site at

The page 2 pics are clearer and done with a new mirror in the telescope.

 He just sent me this link to Saturn 


Mar 02, 2008 10:48 AM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
Pretty neat.  Can't do photos right around where we live.  Too many trees, planes, lights and such.
Mar 06, 2008 08:37 AM
Keith Duncan
Bragg & Associates Real Estate - Augusta, GA
Realtor Augusta, GA


Very nice photos!

For anyone that appreciates this type of photography might like to take a look at this site that someone sent me a link to. Its called Somewhere in Time.

Mar 08, 2008 08:11 AM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate
Keith ~ Thanks for the link. That is a beautiful presentation and helps put life in perspective.
Mar 08, 2008 12:25 PM