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    Default See the Milky Way early November ?



    Hello there !
    I'm new here, and I hope i'm not breaking any rule by starting this thread.

    I'm struggling to find a good answer to my question, so I'd rather ask it here than wander aimlessly on the internet...

    Long story short, my girlfriend is dreaming to look at the Milky Way in the sky. Her birthday is coming, and I want to take her to see it during early november. I did a bit of research online, we live in Montreal, and apparently the two places where I can see the stars without taking a plane or driving 6+ hours would be Mont Megantic in Quebec or Charleston Provincial Park in Ontario.
    I called both, and Mont Megantic is closed for the night after 27th October, and Charleston isn't open at night. At Charleston, they told me I could park the car and walk to a beach nearby to look at the sky.

    My question is: I know that it's random and maybe the weather will be bad and we won't see a thing, but do you think it's a good idea to go to Charleston Park's beach ? Or maybe the milky way isn't much visible from here, or the time of the year isn't good ?

    Do you have any idea of an alternative ? Like, a place where if the weather is good, I'd have really good chances to be able to see the Milky Way during this time of the year ?

    I really want it to be a magical moment so I'm kinda lost at the moment about what to do :/

    Thank you so much for reading me, and again for helping me !

    Cheers !

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    Default Re: See the Milky Way early November ?

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    Getting away from the majority of the city lights will help, check out the Dark Sky Map to see if there is a location closer to you for viewing.
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    Default Re: See the Milky Way early November ?

    According to the light pollution maps, the area around Mount Megantic is the darker of the two locations you listed. Keep in mind that moon rise that night is roughly 8:50PM. This gives you only about 90 minutes of good dark skies after sunset and before the moon rises. Look to the West to see the Milky Way descending into the western horizon. I would choose a location that has a low western horizon. With that in mind, if you went to Charleston Provincial Park and kept going to Red Bay (as dark as Mount Megantic) because it's on the water, you may get a great view of the Milky Way.

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: See the Milky Way early November ?

    hey !

    Thanks a lot for your quick answers ! I didn't know about the pollution map, thanks for the heads up ! This is really great !

    @jaetea: thanks for the detailed help ! I was more inclined to go to the one in ON, because like that we can do a stop to discover Ottawa on our way there .... ! But if going to Charleston is a bad idea for the stars, we'll definitely go to Mont Megantic. The thing is: it's closed. I suppose i can stop anywhere in the area and of course see the same sky tho... !
    I didn't know about the moon, that's REALLY a nice thing to know, I thought after the sky was dark and the night has set it was visible until morning :O That changes my plans a bit^^
    Good idea about Red Bay, but sadly it's really too far

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    Default Re: See the Milky Way early November ?

    Welcome Lad! As you can see, this is a great forum full of helpful folks! You are obviously an incurable romantic and I wish you good luck. Regards, Bill

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    Default Re: See the Milky Way early November ?

    Haha yes I definitely am.... Thanks man !

    Regards, Lad

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    Default Re: See the Milky Way early November ?

    Hi! Yes, I think Mont Megantic in Quebec is around latitude 45.445 degrees. You should be able to see the Milky way between Nov 4th and Nov 10th (new moon is Nov 7).You can see the milky way around Orion and Cassiopeia. You don't need to go that location, but anywhere away from a city or street lights, in a dark location should be ok.
    Warning - seeing the Milky way can be addictive, so expect to have many more nights like that and at different locations, start saving for the petrol !!

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    Good luck seeing the Milky Way!
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    Default Re: See the Milky Way early November ?

    Hey guys ! Thanks a lot for the answers and encouragement

    Do you think if I go to the darkest area around Mont Megantic, and of course if the weather allows it, I'll be able to see the kind of sky that we can see on all those amazing pictures ?
    This question might sound silly or childish, I just don't want to end up looking at a black sky with some white dots :/

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    Default Re: See the Milky Way early November ?

    Unfortunately no you will not, the camera is typically gathering light for an extended period so shows more detail.
    Take a set of binoculars with you and enjoy the night skies
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