1 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-03 08:56
Does anyone here stargaze?
I've only got a pair of 8x42 binoculars, but you can get a lot of the DSOs done with just that. The Orion Nebula (M42) and Andromeda (M31) are my favourite targets during the winter, definitely worth looking at if you've never tried it before.
It's the summer at the moment, so although the nights are short in the north it's good to see the planets higher in the sky. The Perseids peak next month too (August 12th) - they're one of the most reliable of the yearly meteor showers. If you've got clear skies for any of the days around that date take a thermos out, lie back, and try and count how many meteors you see.
2 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-03 09:22
There's a graveyard near my house that's dark and quiet. I usually go there to check out meteor showers. It's amazing how far sound travels late at night; I always hear dogs barking or doors slamming, and they seem so far away.
3 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-03 19:38
The light pollution/smog's pretty intense where I live. I really want to move out someday. I love reading about astronomy, though.
4 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-03 21:19
It might be worth a shot anyway, the brighter DSOs can be pretty clear even through the haze. All the observations for 'Turn Left at Orion' were done under the skies of NYC. I can vouch that you can do some decent observation in a capital city at a '30' on the VIIRS 2018: https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/
Star clusters work well under polluted skies, the only thing that changes is how many
stars you can distinguish. If you're in the northern hemisphere try the Pleiades.
5 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-04 00:37
6 Name: Anonymous : 2018-07-08 16:25
It's usually the smog that ruins any attempt at stargazing for me. But you know, I traveled a ways away from the city proper this weekend and I didn't even need binoculars.
The view was that good.