Quote:I have often wondered what the view of the sky was like back when messier was viewing the sky. What was the limiting naked eye magnitude.
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Paul B. Jones http://www.astrobin.com/users/bunyon/
Quote:I not so sure that the skies were that bad.
Quote:Quote:I not so sure that the skies were that bad.This subject just came up in a different group.No, I'm sure that Messier's skies would be considered excellent by a modern urban or suburban observer. But not like the skies in the American West. Even without light or air pollution, humid, low-altitude Paris would be no match for the West.
Quote: Wood that was burned was probably used for cooking rather than heating. Most people just froze in their homes.
"keep looking up"