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    I won't post a picture because it's a typical suburban backyard, besides it's in my book. You lot have got it easy

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    im going to post my old places hole in the wall I used to view through, and the new place i am moving too which has a lot more sky but still limited in several directions and directly above as well
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    Here are some photos of my Brother-In-Law's place (which from here on will be refered to as the "North Land") that I am always yapping about.

    The view south:


    The view north:


    A note on population in this area: this is on the border between two counties. County one has a density of 1 person per square mile; county two has a density of 4 people per square mile. It should be noted however, that the closest town is about 10 miles south and has a population of 280 people. Other than that the next three closest towns (about 20 miles away each) have populations of 571, 324, and 1,101. A very dark area to go to - just wish it was a little closer (about 3 and half hour drive).

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    Here are some pics I took today...it's 70º F., cloudless and sunny, so far, and hoping for good skies tonight...woot-035.gif

    Here is the spot by the front porch where I set the scope up. Actually, once I turn off the interior and exterior lights of the house its DARK. Only light source visible is a neighbors porch flood light and that is across the street (and it only comes on when I don't want it to..LOL)

    Circle on the ground shows where the tripod sits...I move the cat, of course...and NO, the cat isn't dead...he just acts that way to fool the birds...



    Here is my limited viewing area to the South:



    and Southwest:



    If I move out to the driveway I have to deal with the light from another front porch a couple doors down (yes, I've asked....they are not very polite people). From the driveway I can see a decent bit of the North, but it is all up real high due to the trees. Polaris sits about where the "N" in North is:



    That small patch of space to the South has been a great "teacher" these past few months. As the constellations move by I get a chance to spend time in each, and since I can't go looking "all over", I spend the time looking at/for more objects that are visible within that narrow gap at the time.

    Our home is currently for sale, and I'm looking forward to moving to a new home (with a great view in at least 3 directions (E,S,W)...and no, we haven't found the new home...yet

    Mike - Wishing I was a cattle farmer in S. Dakota! Those are incredible images PW...for a 3 hr. drive that would be worth it if you stayed a couple nights. Anytime!
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    Mike, you need the Stihl or Husquevarna deep sky observers kit.

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    A few steps out the door of my upstairs bedroom I have a view east of half of the sky. What you see in the background was supposed to be developed into a housing subdivision, but Michael Dell bought the whole tract as an area for his wife to ride around on their horses. This unobstructed view was a significant factor in choosing this property when we moved back to TX 4 years ago. Little did I realize what a brilliant move this was for my upcoming AA endeavors. The upper deck is a major plus also--mine is the only house on our street that was built with one. I guess it was all just meant to be this way for me.

    When the neighbors retire and turn off their interior lights (and there is no moon), my skies are pretty dark at this site (~4.5 on LP scale; yellow zone). My NELM is 5ish; I can see the faintest star in Ursa Minor (eta or "Anwar al Farkadain") with averted vision. The Milky Way is visible across the length of the sky for me in the mornings right now.

    I still need to find a darker site though, especially one that allows me to look west.
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    In the winter I see it, behind my back Riga Reservoi


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    Man ...you guys sure do have some wide open spaces to view from ...
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    Well this is my new observing location ( i recently moved here )



    This is the view basically level with my view. A few air con units on the roof of a warehouse... lol 6am after i fed my son and had a few minutes to snap pics.

    Cant complain though I dont have any trees blocking my view anymore...
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    Wow,I am so jealous of those sites! I have drive for about a half an hour,to a private airport to even see south!

 

 
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