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    I can! I live about 40-50km west of Brisbane (Australia) and while I do have some LP in the east, it's much (much) less in the west. A moonless night reveals the Milky Way in some detail - it's a fabulous sight that never ceases to amaze me :-)

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

    I can see the Milky Way pretty well from my club's dark site which is 5 miles as the crow flies and an hour drive away. The site is at the summit of a mountain and the nearest road to get to the top is in the next city over, and the drive up is 17 miles of curves. At the site I use when imaging alone I can just barely make out the Milky Way. Monday morning I will leave for the 400 mile trip to the Golden State Star Party located here Dark Sky Finder. There, it's very dark. There are two artificial lights visible from the site. I can see solid Milky Way from horizon to horizon every night. The dark lanes in the Milky way are easily visible. So is the Andromeda Galaxy. I look forward to this 5 day trip from the time I leave one year until my arrival the next.

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

    I might have seen it, but I'm not sure if it was my mind playing tricks on me or not. Was a pretty dark night in my light polluted area, but the middle of the night when most of the lights were off and air was dry and clear.

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

    I've seen twice in my life. Once in the mid 70's living in Canada, and then last year on an exceptionally clear night here in Iowa.

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    I live in two locations in the world, Russia and Egypt. The great advantage of living in Egypt is that the skies are clear 95% of the time but the major drawback is light pollution where I live near Hurghada. Forget about seeing the Milky Way at any time of the year from there. Light pollution on the Bortl scale is about 6.A quick trip to the desert though, well away from the sodium lights shows the Milky Way in all its splendour and if you get a really good moonless night , even the Starlight casts shadows. Jupiter, when it is up, is so bright it can affect night vision looking at it .portal scale around 2.
    In Russia, I usually stayin the Russian countryside where it is as black as the ace of spades at night in the winter.
    gets a bit chilly outside for stargazing but it's worth it. In the summer because I'm at about 60° N. Latitude, it doesn't really get dark at night at all during the months of May to July. In the winter though, the night sky is an absolute marvel Bortl scale one with well-defined shadows cast by the stars on a moonless night. I had never seen the Milky Way before I went to Russia 20 years ago, having spent most of my life in England before that and lived in the Medway towns area which is a which suffers from heavy light pollution. Since I was never really very interested in astronomy then I can't really remember how black the got at night.

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    I was born and grew up in a very rural part of Virginia. No problem seeing the Milky Way. Even now when I go for a visit the sky is the same. I now live in a town of about 15,000 people and the only time I have seen the Milky Way from this location is the one occasion when entire town lost power.

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

    We can see it (just) from a darkfield site in Iowa. Not great, but there
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    WOW! It sounds like some of you have only limited or no milky way viewings. Sorry, I just cannot imagine that.
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    I live in the suburbs of Omaha, Nebraska... a metro of approximately 900,000... although I can drive about 25 mins to a decent, magnitude 6 sky. Within an hours drive, I can get to solid mag 7 skies. There are benefits to living in 'flyover' country.
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    I can't see it from my house in MD, but on vacation in Hawaii I just saw it from the beach in front of our hotel on Kauai. At first I thought it was clouds, but when they didn't move, I realized it was two distinct bands of the Milky Way in and near Sagittarius. It was an awesome sight, and just the sheer number of stars visible in the sky was incredible. I was also lucky that the Southern Cross was visible, low in the southern sky. With some 8x25 binocs I easily saw the Jewel Box cluster, even though it was only maybe 10 degrees up.
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