RIP Philo

Is it worth to even buy a telescope if you live in a light

polluted area?

I can't see shit since I'm near a shopping center where lights are all over the places.

This is when I wish I am in the middle of nowhere.
Permalink DrPepper 
August 5th, 2018 10:49pm
Hey are you deleting the good posts or did the troll impersonate your nick to frame you?

You are formerly Wild River right? But now your nick is tandem deleting with Smoothie, who is the SniffDooky poster. Is that actually you or are you being framed?

As far as the telescope goes, you should definitely own a good Schmidt-Cassegrain style one with at least an 8 inch mirror and pay $1000-$2000 for it. The Celestron 12026 is $1700 and will allow you to see some galaxies and the bands and spot of jupiter.

Don't buy one of those old style long lens ones, you will be able to see rings of saturn and 4 moons of jupiter, but not much else.

So your mirror telescope fits in the seat of your car and you drive out somewhere dark to use it, like when camping. It's lots of fun. That's what you should do.

If you are not willing to spend $1500 minimum though, don't  bother. The $500 refracting tube telescopes you'll get bored of quickly.
Permalink RC 
August 5th, 2018 11:03pm
Actually you know what that Celestron NexStar 6 SE is $750. 6" mirror and the photos people are posting with it look very good.
Permalink RC 
August 5th, 2018 11:07pm
>I'm near a shopping center where lights are all over the places.

You could take the telescope somewhere darker by car?
Permalink Grumpy Old Git 
August 6th, 2018 2:04am
I took a friend of a friend out west where there is no light pollution. His telescope was 14" across and 5' long and had its own motorisable base (but not motorised). He was from Sydney and absolutely shit his pants with the detail he could see. He spent the entire time shouting "I can see X!" which he had never seen before due to Sydney's light pollution.
Permalink ,ndo 
August 6th, 2018 6:37am
A former coworker had a 10" or so reflecting scope, with a motorized mount and a CCD sensor. He could sit indoors and use it to spot something interesting before going out in the cold for direct observation.

We were able to spot a couple of the larger moons of Jupiter, even though we were in the city limits.

That was one of the nice things about Austin - they had a dark skies law.
Permalink Send private email xampl9 (Moto phone) 
August 6th, 2018 7:15am
Light pollution isn't just fucking up telescopes.

Animals are getting fucked up too:
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August 6th, 2018 7:21am

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