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    I've only ever seen this once, maybe twice but the second time I could've confused it with a cloud. There's too much light pollution where I live to make out the Milky Way at night. I've only ever seen in when I was in Spain but even then that was two months before I got glasses so I couldn't appreciate the sight.

    Any of you have better views?
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    Very faint where I live, however when I can I try to get to some close (2 hours away) dark sites. Major difference in what you can see there.
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    I can barely see it at my house. My folks live way out and I have a great view there.
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    I can see it from my back yard--obviously it shows best late at night when the neighbors have turned out their lights.

    My eyesight isnt great, but even without my glasses I can see distinct areas of nebulosity in Sagittarius.

    On a morning of exceptional transparency two weeks ago I bagged a mag 17 galaxy near the ring nebula--that was a great feeling because I knew then that essentially the whole NGC/IC visible from my latitude is within reach ( and I definitely intend to see as many of them as I can)
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    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...
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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 that's very impressive! Can you see that level of detail without a long exposure photograph?
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    Wow that's very impressive! Can you see that level of detail without a long exposure photograph?
    Pretty much - this shot is a wide-field, through a Canon 20D and 500mm lens - a stack of 50 10-second exposures, 25 at ISO 800, 25 at ISO 200, and some dark frames from my library.

    The technique uses layer masking in Photoshop so that Jupiter (very bright) isn't blowing out the Milky Way itself.

    This is pretty much the view I have whenever the weather is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinPSD View Post
    Pretty much - this shot is a wide-field, through a Canon 20D and 500mm lens - a stack of 50 10-second exposures, 25 at ISO 800, 25 at ISO 200, and some dark frames from my library.

    The technique uses layer masking in Photoshop so that Jupiter (very bright) isn't blowing out the Milky Way itself.

    This is pretty much the view I have whenever the weather is good.
    You're very lucky! I'd be lucky to get a hint of the Milky Way on the best of nights.
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    You are probably looking at it now, you like me are in a cloud/haze light polluted area but if you go out to the desert here, you see the band in Austin posted pic. It is truly amazing...
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    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.
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