CAS Observing Sessions and Observing Sites

CAS observing is managed by members on a private email list. This mailing list allows them to quickly notify other list members if they are going observing that day or weekend.

Dave Frisk

CAS Official Observing Site and Monthly Star Parties

Dave has created a wonderful observing site with telescope pads, picnic tables under a shady ramada, and his own observatory. Members are welcome at any time. For directions contact Dave at 928-607-9189. See you all then!

CAS holds their Monthly Observing Star Parties on the Saturday closest to New Moon (see the Calendar for actual dates.)

CAS members, Dave and Kristen Frisk, are the hosts at their two acre, fenced dark-sky site north of Williams, which has two well equipped roll-off roof observatories - as well as a warm room and two facilities for CAS members who wish to observe and then stay overnight.

Besides the above, there is an Observing Patio, a Work Shop, and ample parking for a large number of vehicles, as well as a picnic area with six tables and two barbeques.

Below is a summary of what this unique observing location has to offer CAS members.

Main Observatory
10’x10’ Roll-off Roof

Houses a Celestron-14 on a Losmandy G-11 Gemini go-to mount. It has an Explorer Scientific 80mm Apo-refractor guide scope, a finder and Telrad. Also available is a computer, TV and video camera, computer guide scope, and Star Shoot autoguider.

2nd Observatory
8’x9’ Roll Off Roof

Daytime Observing with a 60mm Lundt H-Alpha Solar Telescope. White light Solar and Evening Observing with a Celestron-8 on a Losmandy GM8 mount. This is the guest mount and scope. If you wish to use your own scope on the mount, it has a Losmandy wide dovetail/Vixen saddle plate.

Warm Room

10’x12’ warm room with sleeping loft for two. Has tables for charts (including charts), a TV, small library, etc.

“The Little House”

This is a 12’x20’ building with queen-size sleeping downstairs, kitchen facilities, a flush toilet, and a 50” TV. There is a double bed upstairs in the loft.

18-foot Camp Trailer

The camper resides on the upper property, sleeps four and is fully self-contained. It includes heat, air-conditioning, bathroom, TV, etc.

Large Observing Patio

The ample patio area is available for many members to set up their own telescopes. Electric is available.


Should something require fixing, the 24’x36’ shop area is well equipped.

Second Observatory with C-8
and Roof Rolled Back
© 2014 BDM

10 ft by 12 ft
Warm Room
© 2014 BDM

C-8 with Dave Holding
the Lunt H-Alpha Scope
© 2014 BDM

Warm Room Loft
© 2014 BDM

"Little House" Interior
© 2014 BDM

"Little House" Interior
with Queen Bed
© 2014 BDM

"Little House" Upstairs
Loft Bedroom
© 2014 BDM

Main Observatory
with C-14
© 2014 BDM

Picnic Area and Warm Room
© 2014 BDM

The "Little House"
12 ft by 20 ft
© 2014 BDM

The Two Observatories
© 2014 BDM

Trailer and Upper Property
© 2014 BDM

Trailer Kitchen Area
© 2014 BDM

Trailer with Dave
© 2014 BDM

Warm Room Interior
© 2014 BDM

Warm Room Interior
© 2014 BDM

Work Shop Area
© 2014 BDM

C-14 Showing
80 mm Guidescope
© 2014 BDM

Dave with C-14
on Losmandy G-11 Mount
© 2014 BDM

Anderson Mesa

Directions to Anderson Mesa

CCC SSG - Dark Sky Observing Site

Location: Lat.: N35° 06.017’ / Long.: W111° 32.184’ / Elev.: 6925’

From the Lone Tree campus of Coconino Community College
  • Turn LEFT onto S. Lone Tree Road and Go 0.2 miles to the intersection at J.W. Powell Blvd.
  • Turn RIGHT onto E. John W. Powell Blvd. and Go 1.0 mile to Lake Mary Road.
  • Turn LEFT onto Lake Mary Road and Go 8.2 miles. There is a brown sign on the right side of the road for “Marshall Lake” and “NPOI”.
  • Turn LEFT shortly after the sign onto Coconino County 128.
    (The identification for CC 128 only appears after you are on the road.)
    CC 128 is a switch-back road going up the side of Anderson Mesa.

    … From the Lake Mary Road onto CC 128 turn, Go 1.3 miles up the switch-back.
    You will see a sign for “Marshall Lake” and “Lowell Observatory”.
  • Turn RIGHT just before the sign, and head towards “Lowell Observatory”.
    Go 0.3 miles up to the observing site at the top of the mesa.

These pictures show the turnoff from Lake Mary Road to CC 128

Wupatki/Doney Mountain Lunch/View Area

  • Take I40 east from Flagstaff to US89 (exit 201, Country Club, Flagstaff Mall).
  • Follow 89 north to the Wupatki National Monument (about 26.2 miles)
  • Turn right (east) into WNM and go about 9.3 miles (well past the Lomaki ruins on the left and the Citadel pull-off on the right), and turn right, onto a very short road ending in the parking area. A small wooden sign on the left marks the turnoff, but is hard to see in the dark (If you drive through the cinder cones and start descending rapidly you've gone too far!). GPS: N35d31'55.0" W111d24'16.0

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