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    Default Light Pollution



    Hello,

    I am going to be visiting family down in Utah, and I want to bring my telescope with me to have my cousins look through at night.

    However, they live in the city, and there is a LOT of light there. I heard about light pollution, and how it makes it difficult to see stars in the sky through a telescope.

    Will I be able to see anything with all the light pollution?

    Any help will be appreciated,

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    Default Re: Light Pollution

    Currently, you can view Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn from light-polluted locations, along with a bunch of double stars and brighter star clusters. Dry, transparent nights are best.
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    Default Re: Light Pollution

    You will definitely be able to see brighter stars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. Most likely some of the brighter globular clusters won't be too much of a problem. You may even be able to make out a smudge of the Andromeda Galaxy. Definitely worth taking, and you may be able to get to a darker location at some point as well, especially if they see Jupiter and Saturn and get real stoked for MORE and start thinking about that dark location they found one time not that far out of town maybe?
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    Default Re: Light Pollution

    Stars and star clusters through the telescope are less impacted by light pollution than fainter, distended objects such as nebulae and galaxies. So yeah the planets will look the same as they do from your observing location now, and you will be able to show them stars and star clusters without too many problems.
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    Default Re: Light Pollution

    While viewing is diminished, the more limiting factor are the obstructions. Buildings, lighpoles, etc. Could be worth a trip out of the city.
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    Default Re: Light Pollution

    Hello,

    Thanks for the help. I will give it a shot. I will definitely do the planets. I will try bright clusters as well as double stars. If I can get to a darker place, I will.

    What bright clusters would you guys recommend? I have a computer scope, so I can just input the clusters and planets and find them.

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    Default Re: Light Pollution

    i think the ring nebula, since its straight up, could be seen; could make a nice interesting target.
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    Default Re: Light Pollution

    Hello,

    I am here in Utah, last night I used my scope. Before I say what I saw, I want to say thank you all for helping me out.

    I had some problems with my scope, I failed to input a setting correctly, (forgot to input daylight savings time,) so I had to find objects without the Go To function. It just occurred to me this morning what the problem was.

    I saw Mercury for the first time, Venus. The Moon, Mars, and Jupiter with two of its moons. My cousins were asleep so they missed out. Oh well! It was still fun!

    Thanks for the help,

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    Default Re: Light Pollution

    If you're in UTAH and are able to drive about 40min away from the city, you should be able to find a dark sky and it will be worth the drive.
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