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    Quote Originally Posted by PhobetorXVII View Post
    according to some maps i saw i live in an orange area
    Yea man ...I live in a red zone but its borderline being a white zone to the north ...On a lighter note , i can see the orion nebula when orion is visible of course ..I can see wispiness in the cloud and hints of green shades ..Thats with my 8in. scope ...I haven't tried with the 5in. refractor yet as i got it recently ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by roverich View Post
    Hi phobetor , ... Mike (dizzy G) lives in a green zone according to google maps LP overlay and he can see the milkyway from his home ... I would say you would have to live in a green zone but a blue or black zone would be better ... From what i understand a white zone is the worst , red is second , orange , yellow , green then blue and black zones ....

    Hi Rich,

    Actually, I am on the edge of Blue/Black according to the overlay's I saw...

    5 mi. down the road is Black..

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    Hi mike ..Do you have the google overlay ?...Just curious ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by roverich View Post
    Hi mike ..Do you have the google overlay ?...Just curious ..
    Lordy, do I hate being....wrong..

    You are 100% correct Rich. I just looked at the Google overlay in Google Earth (downloaded it) and can see that according to them I am in...GREEN.

    I've got to go 3 miles to get to Blue, then another 5 or so to find Black.

    Wife and I are heading out this morning to look at possible new homes for us...the search paramenters just took a 10 mile change to the East..but then we get into all that blasted country...(and I'm NOT buying a snow blower..LOL)

    Thanks for pointing that out Rich...I would rather be honest than wrong..

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    Saw it in Big Bear, Ca what a site

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    ... you know ... I can see it from my house as a faint milky wash across the sky ...

    .. which always leads me to thinking that whoever made the "google overlay" map was a real pessimist ... the supposedly "official overlay" shows me in a yellow zone bordering faint orange, which I find terribly hard to believe from our little town ... now when I pull the hi-rez map from the site and line up all the towns nearby with the light sources from the map and create my own overlay (takes a bunch of time to do this, but it is kinda kewl) I come out with greenish-yellow bordering blue, which given all the farm land surrounding our little town makes one heckuva lot more sense ...

    ... the point to all that rambling is, who the heck made the "official" map and just how stinking accurate is it supposed to be?? ... cause I have my doubts ...

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    I agree with you bill ...I cant see that much difference in the amount of stars naked eye from a red zone to a orange zone but it gives us something to talk about on here and a good idea what we are doing to the night skys ...
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    Not any more. I can't see it at all from home now, in the red zone. But, I swear, about fifteen years ago I remember laying in the same front yard and staring at part of it across the zenith. I remember that because I was trying to get it aligned in my sight to go straight across my vision so I could better imagine the galactic disc. My area must not have been a red zone back then, I guess. Anyway, that's how much worse the light pollution has gotten here in that time.

    I have seen it from a green zone many times, however, with dark adaptation. Just awesome. I also grew up seeing at home in the small town of Lancaster, SC.

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    Since the wife and I are in the market for a new home, we had a lively discussion today about just *where* that home should be. After a lengthy chat and showing her the Google Earth light pollution overlay, she finally understood that being in a Blue zone was far superior to a Green or Yellow.

    Black is right out...not gonna happen as that's about 10 miles further than either one of us care to drive to town, and I would worry too much about her having to drive home in nasty winter storms. Sliding off a rural road and winding up in some ditch is a bad thing, and help out here can be far off and across a river when you need it most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyGazer View Post
    Since the wife and I are in the market for a new home, we had a lively discussion today about just *where* that home should be. After a lengthy chat and showing her the Google Earth light pollution overlay, she finally understood that being in a Blue zone was far superior to a Green or Yellow.

    Black is right out...not gonna happen as that's about 10 miles further than either one of us care to drive to town, and I would worry too much about her having to drive home in nasty winter storms. Sliding off a rural road and winding up in some ditch is a bad thing, and help out here can be far off and across a river when you need it most.

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    Hi mike ..You could buy the wife a land rover ...They are the "best 4x4x by far" ... I understand totally on not wanting the wife to have to drive any further than necessary ...

    But it is sad what were doing to our kids future by taking away the milkyway with light pollution ...Not really taking it away but blocking it out so to speak ... LAND ROVER mike ....Full time 4x4 ....
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