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    Question Where do you go to spot?



    I live in a very built up area that makes life very difficult when trying to do some Astronomy.

    My garden is ok but is a bit limited as to what I can see. It’s particularly frustrating at the moment as Jupiter is the other side of the house and I don’t fancy going out front to see it!

    What do people do on here? Find a field? Go to a local park? Or do you just stay at home in the garden and make do?

    I’ll be going camping at the end of the month which will give me a nice opportunity to see some more sky but otherwise it’s quite annoying!
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    Default Re: Where do you go to spot?

    Hello Hannerz,

    I understand your pain.
    Most of my observing sessions are at our backyard.
    There are some obstructions, and when Jupiter is hiding, so I can't see Jupiter, as simple as it is.

    Otherwise, 5 minutes to drive is a cell phones transmission tower with a small parking,
    20 minutes to drive is a sports airfield with parking - a place for our astronomy outreach events.
    Half an hour to drive is a pizzeria where we meet.
    Really clear dark skies in the Alps mountains are 5 hours to drive

    That's the life of a hobby astronomer,

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    Default Re: Where do you go to spot?

    Hi Hannerz

    I can understand your frustration, living in London, the light pollution is horrendous. All you can do is try to find somewhere locally which at least offers some sort of protection from the worst direct lights, but unfortunately it is difficult to escape the light in the sky.

    The best dark sky sites in the UK and Ireland are in Northern England, especially Northumberland (Kielder forest), the moors in Cornwall and Devon, the Scottish Highlands and Islands and Galloway, and the west coast of Ireland.

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    Default Re: Where do you go to spot?

    Hello Hannerz,

    I have seen the comet Holmes through the vest pocket 8x42 Minox binos in Oxford, between Blackwell's and the next pub,
    back in 2014.
    So, don't give up, determination is what matters,

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    Default Re: Where do you go to spot?

    I live in a townhouse in the suburbs. Most of my viewing is done from in front of our row of north-facing houses. I set up my scope, portable table w/ EP case and chair in the parking area; it's privately-owned and partially obscured from the street due to a picket fence. As luck would have it, across the street are single-family homes, most of which are also single story. Because of the low profile of the surrounding homes if I sit in the middle of the parking area I've got a relatively unobstructed sky above 27 degrees Alt in almost all directions. This works out well since the skies here are Bortle scale 7 to 8 and almost everything below 25 degrees tends to get washed out by atmospheric conditions and light pollution. My immediate neighbors are aware of my hobby, mostly to make sure no one mistakes my dob for a cannon if they see me aiming it south over our rooftops. Generally I wait until after 9pm if I'm going to do the whole set up, usually on the weekends; people are home from work and I don't have to worry about moving everything. On nights where I'm only using the binos to stargaze or spot satellites I typically just sit on my front steps.
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