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    Default Re: How many of you can see the Milky Way at night? Part II



    Moved from a dark sky area in the MO Ozarks to southern IN, across the Ohio River from the "lightropolis" of Louisville. So about 8 years since I had a real good view of the Milky Way.
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    Default Re: How many of you can see the Milky Way at night? Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by Heavenly Gazer View Post
    Are there better months for catching a glimpse of the MW?
    The summer months offer the most spectacular view, because we are looking towards the centre of our galaxy. But if you have a dark sky site nearby, do check out the winter Milky Way some time. While not nearly as spectacular as the summer Milky Way, it is well worth a look.

    Back in February, we had an exceptionally good transparency one night. When I stepped out my front door, the first thing I noticed was the winter Milky Way glowing very obviously from Cassiopeia to Orion.
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    Default Re: How many of you can see the Milky Way at night? Part II

    I live in a small town (about 1200 people) that is about 40 miles from Houston which lies to the NW. I am on the southern edge of my little town. Looking south I look directly over a corn field (just across the street). I therefore have a pretty good view of it to the south but if I try to look north I get quite a lot of light pollution from the big city. Actually, there are already subdivisions only about 15 miles away from me to the north. The city is coming.

    The good news is that I also own a weekend property about 45 miles further SW from where I live. This place is 7.5 acres out in the woods. I've built a small camphouse there and the skies are pretty dark there allowing me to see stars all the way down to the horizon (or I guess I should say all the way to the treetops that surround my clearing).
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    After living in Houston for most of my life, I've moved to the western part of the Texas Hill Country near Junction, Tx. Winter or Summer the Milky Way is there for me. All I have to do is walk outside. (weather permitting).
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    Default Re: How many of you can see the Milky Way at night? Part II

    Never realized that it was visible back at my old home where I grew up from teen to adult until I got into the hobby and went to visit the family. Looked up and there it was, the now recognizable MW clouds looming over the sky. I was faint, but still noticeable.

    Now I only get to see it once a month when the astro club/society gets together at their dark site, which is about 1.5hrs drive from home. There you can view it in most of it's splendor with breathtaking view. Some of the DSOs can be spotted with the naked eye, mostly the big clusters. But this dark site could be lost soon, there's a lot of development going on in that city and you can see the light domes of terror looming over the background growing closer and close

    Hopefully the new legislature for LP control and reduction will kick in and taken seriously.

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    Default Re: How many of you can see the Milky Way at night? Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by 22f4.54 View Post
    After living in Houston for most of my life, I've moved to the western part of the Texas Hill Country near Junction, Tx. Winter or Summer the Milky Way is there for me. All I have to do is walk outside. (weather permitting).
    And you have a lot prettier scenery to boot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimoutwest View Post
    I grew up 20 miles from where I am now but have not seen the milky way in years. I saw it often as a kid laying in the yard
    I think my best views of it was on a mountain top near Palm Springs. It was so thick it looked as if you could walk across it.

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    If I want to see the Milky Way, sadly I have to drive at leat 45 - 60 minutes from my home...

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    Default Re: How many of you can see the Milky Way at night? Part II

    Another one comes to mind. Total blackout conditions in Hohenfels, Germany.

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    Default Re: How many of you can see the Milky Way at night? Part II

    I'm sad to report that in my neighborhood, the only milky way I see says "Made by Mars Inc." on it.
    I DO drive about 60 miles sometimes to an old hidden cemetery to set up my scope and enjoy the wonders of space. It's dark and the ..ah.. residents are quiet.
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