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    Default New amateur in Twin Falls, ID



    I currently have 7x35 and 10x50 binoculars. I feel very claustrophobic because of inescapable light pollution. I've been reading up on as much general stuff about astronomy as I can, and want to drive out to a truly excellent dark sky sight to see the sky in its full glory. I don't think I will have this chance in 5 years from now.


    I know the ocean has more vapor and more atmosphere to look though, but it also should have less dust and maybe less aerosol. It is not a place for telescopes, but maybe it would be excellent for naked eye gazing and even some binocular viewing. Does anyone know how far out to sea I would have to go to get away from the glow of Seattle or Los Angeles? I asked this on a boat forum, and they said I sounded so inexperienced that I better hire a captain and take at least a 23 ft boat. They also said boats are slow and get terrible gas mileage. I also read you have to sleep in the day and not see any bright day light, or else it will take over 24 hours for your eyes to fully dark adapt.

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    Default Re: New amateur in Twin Falls, ID

    I think I found the answer to my own question:

    To get a fully dark sky, you have to go 30 miles off the coast of less populated parts of the united states, and 80 miles off the coast of big cities. You don't need to go nearly as far to just get a grey area.

    Since I live a bit inland, it is still better for me to drive out to the desert. But if I want to see a truly dark area in 10 years from now, I will probably have to rent a boat and head out to sea 50 miles at least.

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    Default Re: New amateur in Twin Falls, ID

    Hi and Welcome to the Forum! I hope you can find some dark skies soon.
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    Default Re: New amateur in Twin Falls, ID

    welcome - i would think the rocking would be bad news - you would be surprised as to how a drive even thirty miles away will darken your skies - the very best to you - i have the same problem - my skies have been totally LP'ed over the past 10 years but they are still fun, it's the weather that is the real bug- a-boo

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    Smile Re: New amateur in Twin Falls, ID

    Welcome to the forum from Homedale, Id. Think more like 30 minutes or so to become dark adapted.
    Edit: Here is a book that might interest you - Binocular Highlights: 99 Celestial Sights for Binocular Users (Sky & Telescope Stargazing): Gary Seronik: 9781931559430: Amazon.com: Books
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    Default Re: New amateur in Twin Falls, ID

    Hello and welcome !
    I found this url, which seems a good first approach.
    Clear « dark » sky !
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    Welcome to the forum, and good luck in your hunt for dark skies.
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    Default Re: New amateur in Twin Falls, ID

    Hello Stargazer193857,

    Hope to see you here again. Lots of nice people and great information.
    As far as finding dark skies there are lots of places but you may need to drive a fair distance if you live in a big metro area.
    I know I am fairly lucky because I have the dark skies here.

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