Desert Tale

Number 5, Volume 6

Donald G. Barar's Dark Skies

Don Barar has an impressive background as evidenced by his BS in Chemistry from Oakland University, MS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, MBA from University of Michigan, and his plethora of experience in his career and world travel.

He has sent me some beautiful photos of nebula in our galaxy that I would like to share with my readers to exhibit the vastness of the heavens and why Don likes the Fountain Hills ordinance for dark skies without which images like this would not be possible.

Cygnus Wall

Cygnus Wall

The “Wall” is a section of the North American Nebula (NGC 7000) about 2,000 light years from earth in the constellation of Cygnus.  Look for a “cross” high in the summer sky.  If it is a dark moonless evening, see if you make out the faint glow of the Milky Way


Rosette Nebula

Rosette Nebula

This is a star forming region in the constellation of Monoceros and is about 5,000 light years from earth.  Monoceros is a dim winter constellation east of Orion.  The Rosette can be found about half way between Betelgeuse (left arm of Orion) and Sirius the brightest star in the Sky.


Horsehead Nebula

Horsehead Nebula

This famous nebula is 1,500 light year from earth and can be found in the winter constellation of Orion.  Orion is easily identified in winter sky by the three stars that make up the “belt”.  The Horsehead is near the east most star of the belt.


Click on each of the photographs to see them is full size.  Other night sky photographs of Don’s can be found at

Don has been involved with imaging the night sky since he was 8 years old when he received a telescope for Christmas from his parents.  His current imaging platform consists of Astro-Physics 155 f/7 EDF telescope, Software Bisque Paramount robotic mount, and an SBIG ST10-XME camera.

Don’s passion for detail is what makes him a great REALTOR® with HomeSmart.  He maintains complete creative control over the process by personally photographing all interiors, developing custom videos and designing the brochures.  He even owns a drone for aerial imaging and is licensed by the FAA for commercial drone operations.

In addition to being a REALTOR®, Don is an instructor at Rio Salado College where he teaches classes in Engineering Calculations, a large format landscape photographer and an avid golfer.    

Don and his wife Mary are long time residents of Fountain Hills, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of strolling around our lovely lake.

Should you wish to engage Don to buy or sell your home, he has plenty of praise from satisfied customers.  You can reach him at:  480-823-3055 mobile or by eMail:

All photos shown here belong to Don Barar, and he holds the copyrights.

Alinka Zyrmont