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    Quote Originally Posted by mikec View Post
    From where I live, nothing. But I just got back from Sedona, Arizona, and the view was pretty much the picture that Austin had. Not quite the clarity and detail with the naked eye, but outstanding never the less.
    The Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada deserts have spectacular seeing conditions - I can't attest so much for the California southwest, but Arizona and New Mexico are fantastic. Low humidity, low population density, and weather patterns in general give rise to some awesome Milky Way views...
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    Sometimes I can see it from my back yard, but not usually. If I drive a few miles from my home, it can be seen easily.
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    The only Milky Way anyone can see from my back yard, is fattening (and expensive; it's insane what they charge nowadays for a nickle candy bar.)
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    On a good night can make out some detail, but good nights are getting rare these days.....
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    I've seen it once, while in the mountains in austria. At home, I'm lucky if I can see more than ~20 stars, and it's several hours drive to anywhere reasonably dark.

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    I can see it from my deck which faces south, most of my light pollution is to the North of my house. It appears as a nice heavenly sash of wispy smoke, going from the Northeast to the Southwest. When I go up North to our cabin somewhat away from civilization it is much more pronounced. My dream would be to have a place in Sky Village Arizona at least some of the year.
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    I can see it during the summer where I live,but other than that not very often.

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    I'm lucky enough that I can see it from my deck, but not easily. There is little light pollution in the larger area, since it's rural, so the sky is dark, but there are a couple of offending street lights not far from the house, taking away a good portion of the sky and forcing me to shield them out with my hands or a tree or the house itself. Plus the neighbours apparently can't live their puny lives without turning on their lights at night!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinPSD View Post
    I can see the Milky Way, with great clarity - I live in a rural area in the transition between a Bortle 3 - Bortle 2 zone. Most of the light pollution is north of my observing location, and the best views of the Milky Way are to the South-Southeast/South-Southwest.

    Here's a wide-field shot of Jupiter in the Sagittarius region from September of 2009...
    Wow AustinPSD, what a great view.

    In answer to the original question, sadly I can't see the Milky Way from home. I took a trip to a dark sky site earlier this month and saw it for the first time!! It was beautiful.

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    Plus the neighbours apparently can't live their puny lives without turning on their lights at night!
    Same here,the only light problems I have are from the neighbor`s house lights blaring every night.

 

 
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