Last night I joined Ed W, Bharath K, and Nham N out at Coyote Lake. Those guys were doing some imaging while I was playing around with some recently purchased used equipment (Orion Deluxe 100mm Refractor and a William Optics EZ Touch Alt Az head and tripod). We all set up at the end of the road down by the dam. It was a very nice night – no wind, temperature was just right.
But what is interesting is that the light by the boat ramp continues to be off. So this appears to be a potential spot to start using again. Ed did get a phone # for the main office to call. He hopes to get the story on the light.
It is my suggestion to start using Coyote Lake on nights that Rancho is not open. Please set up at the boat ramp paved lot and let us know about your experience.
Here are the directions:
Take 101 South
Take the Masten Ave exit and turn left going back up and over the freeway
Turn Right onto Center Ave
Turn Left onto Rucker Ave
Turn Right onto New Ave
Turn Left onto Roop Road
stay on Roop Road for many miles as it twists and winds up into the hills
then Turn left onto Coyote Lake Road and follow it to the Ranger station, pull in on the right to the pay booth.
Pay $6 and then continue on to the Boat Ramp or to the Dam.