The Arizona Marathon Observing Site:
Salome Emergency Airstrip -- The Hovatter Airstrip
The Saguaro Astronomy Club (SAC)
gives the following hints for the Arizona Messier Marathon:
Getting to the site:
- Hovatter Airstrip. Travel time from Phoenix: About 2 hours.
- Directions: From Phoenix, go west on I-10 to Hovatter Rd at
exit 53 or about 40 miles west of Palo Verde
Nuclear Power Generating Station. Turn left over
the freeway, drive over the canal. When you cross
the canal, turn hard left. Go 1.1 miles to a bend
in the road. As the road veers to the SE, look for
a road running due south at the same point ---
VINEGAROON ROAD. Take it for 1.8 miles. You will
come to a small left-right zig-zag, then see a
chain link fence enclosing an area about 20 ft by
20 ft. That's the airfield entrance.
This site has been recently renamed to
"Steve's Antennas Observing Site,"
to the honor of SAC astronomer and long-term observer
Steve Coe (1949-2018), who had once discovered this site for
deepsky observing, and had spent a lot of time there.
SAC's All Arizona Messier Marathon page for recent or future marathon.
Note their announces for
Messier Marathon Home
Last Modification: April 27, 2019