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#26 dtsh

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 01:52 AM

When I lived in Chicago I was only blocks from Wrigley Field, skies don't get much worse than that as only the very brightest of stars were visible naked eye and it was often a challenge to spot even them. While there, I used a 6" dob frequently and introduced a large number of people to astronomy in the process. The Moon and most of the planets are visible as well as a large number of asterisms and open star clusters. There are even a few DSOs that can be discerned; though their appearance is markedly less pronounced than from darker skies. I moved there from Bortle 3 skies, so the transition was quite noticeable, but still there's plenty to see; enough to keep one active for a lifetime.

 

The look on someone's face when they see the Moon, Jupiter, or Saturn through a scope for the first time is a beautiful thing.


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 03:54 PM

I live in a Bortle 6 zone, which I am grateful for, but there is a lot of atmospheric pollution from smog and wildfire smoke during the summer and heavy moisture in the winter.  Sometimes, even on cloudless, moonless nights, the skyglow is still so bad I feel like I might as well be observing through oatmeal.

 

Thank goodness for all those bright objects everyone has mentioned.  I have also like others noticed conditions are better closer to the zenith and that the later the hour gets, the lesser the skyglow. 

 

Usually if I get out after a rain, I can get some good transparency.  Still want to go galaxy hunting but I'm going to have to wait for the right conditions.


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Posted 30 November 2018 - 11:08 AM

I’m in a Bortles 6-7 last time I checked ... near Austin. But surprisingly I’ve been able to observe quite a bit. It can be a challenge but there can be some good stuff to see. Just have to get out consistently and go with what you have ...


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