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Looking for an observation site


I am quite new to astronomy I have done some observing from my back garden but most of the sky is blocked out the house and as the local council has put in new lights LED bright ones too it is getting very difficult to see anything.

So I am looking for a site away from the house. What is the best way of finding a site and does any one know any good ...
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Dark sky observing session

We took the advantage of a clear night, no moon and a non work day following to travel about 80 minutes into North Wales to do some observing last night.

We'd been recommended the car park above the Alwen Reservoir dam as a good observing spot, but it's off the main road and the last slope down to it was a bit too covered with snow and ice to risk getting caught at the bottom. ...
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What did I just see?

Hi All,

I often watch the sky at night and have not seen anything like this before. It was 4:04am today, for reference I'm located just south of Cambridge uk. I was watch the stars very clear and cold night and there was a star located between Vega and Etamin, it was about the same brightness as Vega so quite noticeable, it was there for around 40 seconds to a minute without moving, then it ...
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Who saw the conjunction on Monday? The trio rose over Grain Power Station from my perspective but unfortunately they had a major fire that morning and there was a column of thick smoke rising right in front of of the Moon! I stopped on the way to work and had a good look though.
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January Report

Quite typically January was marred by manflu and cloudy nights but I had one of my most active Januarys. Had I succeeded with some of my more ambitious projects, it would have been memorable.

Here's the full report: https://sungazer127mak.blogspot.com/2019/01/january-2019.html

The video is my photos for the month accompanied by "One and One" by the underrated Medicine Head:

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Polar Alignment

It was clear tonight so I set up with the hand controller and did a polar align setup adjustment with the mount's altitude and azimuth adjustments. Don't know why I haven't done it before, it wasn't too tricky at all! The tracking was quite good with no obvious drift.

Orion nebula, nice view of the trapezium
Pleiades, too big to fit the view
Mars, getting smaller
30 Ari, nice coloured double
Whirlpool galaxy, couldn't see ...
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Hi all..

Hi all I am Jilly, 45, and just getting into photography and especially night sky scenes, took a couple of which I am pleased with, posted my first moon pic on here, not half as good as the ones I have already looked at on here, but hoping to get some nice crisp clear nights where I can get some good photos of star Constellations, well that's a little bit about me.
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The Crab Nebula

I've never found the Crab Nebula a easy object either find, view or photograph. Modern GOTO telescopes make it easy to find, but viewing it needs some degree of dark sky. Photographing needs long exposures, and even then the contrast with the sky isn't great.

On 28th Janaury, after the local stables decided to switch off their floodlights, (abt 9pm!) I gave it another go. A short in the mount power lead was my first ...
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The Sun

In addition to the Sun being quiet, January is not an ideal time to see it, even in southern England. Here is a little taste of what you have been missing:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/philippug ... ed-public/
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I only took 12 frames before it clouded over but I caught the whole constellation in one set of shots:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/philippug ... ed-public/
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