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#1 tboss70

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:35 PM

I suspect I know the answer to this but would like to hear other thoughts.
How much better is seeing in a rural location vs a more populated location (city)? (roofs, blacktops, etc giving off heat)

I never really tried to compare but I suspect a rural location is better; in most cases.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:48 PM

Rural locations are generally better, but good lunar and planetary imaging can be done in the suburbs. Personally I'm still looking for a nice rocky promontory on the coast well above any possible storm-surge flood line to build my retirement observatory...

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:13 PM

I want to get a place out just west of Flagstaff where the air is thinner and it is dark.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:54 PM

I live in a city of about 100k people and every time I go out to image I keep thinking about all the roads, parking lots, and rooftops radiating heat.

We'll be moving in a few months to a very rural location and Im curious to see if I notice any difference.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:35 PM

My backyard works fine for planets...

And, my mountain top is 40 minutes away and 9000 feet. (Mt. Lemmon)






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