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Old 15-12-2014, 06:18 PM
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NSW, Central West, Oberon, Blue Hill

  • Public Quarry in State Forest 13 km south of Oberon. Approximately 3 hours west of Sydney.
  • Quarry walls provide shelter from wind, the lights of Oberon, and less frequently lights and bullets from spotlighters. Being on top of the Great Dividing Range, wind is often a factor.
  • At 1279m altitude, this site is above the thickest part of the atmosphere. Due to altitude it can get very cold in winter. It may also be above the radiation fog/mist that can form in the valley below during clear cold nights.
  • When transparency is good, limiting magnitude can be >M6.5. Good view of the western horizon from the quarry entrance. Inside the quarry, obviously the quarry walls obscure views of the horizon.
  • Some light pollution from Sydney to the East. Other light pollution sources are not evident from inside the quarry. From the top of the quarry walls, light pollution is evident around the horizon from Sydney, The Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Oberon (Bathurst is behind Oberon) and Blayney to the west.
  • Restrictions: the quarry is sometimes closed when operations are active. At these times, setup in the quarry entrance/road is possible, or there are suitable alternatives nearby such as log loading areas beside fire trails, though these may be of limited value when the pine trees grow tall.
  • No camping or facilities.
  • Access via Edith Rd, Butter Factory Lane/Shooters Hill Road, Forest Roads. From Sydney, Titania Road is an alternative to Edith Road rather than drive all the way into town and back out again.
  • Location: S 33 47.672 E 149 52.888
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Last edited by sheeny; 15-12-2014 at 08:45 PM. Reason: Add light 2006 pollution map.
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