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    Hello everyone,
    I am receiving my first telescope as a Christmas present from the wife. I picked it out, so there isn't much surprise. I did not want to spens a lot being that it was my first. I went with Celestron and was torn betwwen the Astromaster 114EQ and 130EQ. I know that the 130EQ would have been better, but I was able to get the 114 with the motor drive for $149 shipped. Since I am a relative beginer, the price, size and the motor drive were the bigger factors. I am anxious to get it, and have a few questions. I live right on the Hudson river across from NYC. I am a little north of all of the light, about 80th st., and was wondering how bad the light pollution will affect me? I have no problem seeing Procyon, the Orion constellation or any othe bright object. Jupiter was very clear in the summer. I know that the larger the scope, the more light it will let in. Does that also apply to the city light? I'm not expecting any miracles with it, just some beginer's viewing and some terrestrial of the city across the way. If the hobby becomes more serious, I will go bigger and better.
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    Hello and welcome to the forums John..
    Nice scope your getting from Santa.
    Light pollution is a limiting factor on what you can see in the night sky as well as naturally atmospherics. You can check here Bortle Light Pollution Scale to better understand it. You will see objects and on some nights you will see more then others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTC71 View Post
    Hello everyone,
    I am receiving my first telescope as a Christmas present from the wife. I picked it out, so there isn't much surprise. I did not want to spens a lot being that it was my first. I went with Celestron and was torn betwwen the Astromaster 114EQ and 130EQ. I know that the 130EQ would have been better, but I was able to get the 114 with the motor drive for $149 shipped. Since I am a relative beginer, the price, size and the motor drive were the bigger factors. I am anxious to get it, and have a few questions. I live right on the Hudson river across from NYC. I am a little north of all of the light, about 80th st., and was wondering how bad the light pollution will affect me? I have no problem seeing Procyon, the Orion constellation or any othe bright object. Jupiter was very clear in the summer. I know that the larger the scope, the more light it will let in. Does that also apply to the city light? I'm not expecting any miracles with it, just some beginer's viewing and some terrestrial of the city across the way. If the hobby becomes more serious, I will go bigger and better.
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    John,
    Light pollution is bad for any size scope or type. Its your worst enemy besides seeing conditions, that being said you did good getting a RA drive on the mount. Hand tracking gets old fast on EQ mounts not so bad on dobs etc...
    They do make light pollution filters but they are intended for large aperture scopes that can handle the light loss. They work well in scopes over 8" in aperture for visual otherwise not a great investment.
    If you don't have to travel too terribly far a darker location away from light domes from the city is your best bet.
    I live right smack dab in the middle of my town from here I can see all the Planets & the moon just fine.
    I travel to the country to view the milkyway & nebulas thru out the yr. usually 1-2 times a month in winter & 1- 2 times a week during summer.
    The difference is startling. You can see a LOT with the 114 in a darksky area.
    Spend time on the moon phases, they are great because you see something new every day as the moon changes.
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    Thanks guys. I can head right up the hudson to some nice parks. I am actually surprised what I can see with my eyes and binoculars where I live. I actually have had worse conditions when I lived farther away from the city, but in a small town. I think because I am in a small private condo community right on the river. I think the width of the river and the distance from time square keeps me away from a lot of light. We also don't have many street lights and the closet shopping center is over a mile away. If the hobby turns more serious, and depending on how the wife reacts, I may pack the scope up and bring it to Argentina at the end of March.

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    Welcome to the forum John, and congratulations on your new telescope! You've already got good advice above. The darkness of the sky makes a big difference when viewing dim objects. For the Moon and planets it shouldn't really matter.

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    HI,

    Congratulations on your new telescope and thanks for joining us here at the Astronomy Forum. Two books will help you a lot ... The Backyard Astronomers Guide and either Night Watch or Turn Left at Orion. Another great resource can be your local public library.

    Urban viewing. Here is a link to an interview of a noted astronomer and author about viewing in urban areas. It will only take a few minutes to read but will give you some helpful hints. BTW, keep those binoculars ... you'll need them, in fact many of us tend to keep a pair in easy reach.
    Urban Observer’s Survival Guide, Part I | One-Minute Astronomer
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    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your scope. As already mentioned, you can do a lot of observing despite the light pollution, just pick your targets appropriately.

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    Welcome to the forum! Good advice/insights given above.
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    Welcome! I'm new here too and I just got the exact same telescope set-up. I'm waiting for the rain to stop here so I can finally use it.

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    Welcome and congrats on the new scope.

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