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Old 10-07-2017, 09:10 AM   #1
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Default What do you see?

On a supposedly clear night, I look up. I see nothing but the moon. Then I use my telescope. Still, nothing.
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Old 10-07-2017, 01:44 PM   #2
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How much light pollution do you have in Malè? Is it really that high you can't see anything?

I'd wait for the new Moon and find the darkest spot I could (so sky is at its darkest).
With your telescope you can maybe try to spot some planets.

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Old 10-07-2017, 02:45 PM   #3
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Even standing under a lit porch light as I leave for work, I can make out the Big Dipper and Orion constellations. North star is easy to find, as is Arcturus, Vega, Pleiades, Pollux and Castor, Cassiopeia, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all easy for me to see with naked eye. Many more, just have to know where in the sky to look.

I've got a 4" refractor telescope and have seen some nebula, and the rings of Saturn. Andromeda was pretty amazing. Once again, it's knowing where to look
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Old 10-07-2017, 04:20 PM   #4
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the main constellations are easy to see even from the cities. From a dark place, much more. The Pleiades, the Milky Way etc. i've never seen it as in the long exposures, but more like a band filled with incredibly many faint, tiny atars and a few big ones
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Old 10-07-2017, 05:12 PM   #5
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With a 20 cm reflector, faintest I've seen in a clear night is Stephen's Quintet down at Mag 13+. With an UHC filter, lots of the large emission nebulae - the brighter ones like Cirrus are fairly spectacular, for the fainter ones the joy is in the hunt. A couple of quasars - here the joy is only in the hunt, they're pretty boring visually.

It's flat-out impossible that you see *nothing* but the full moon with a telescope - I can easily see the brighter stars through thin clouds with 99% light extinction with mine where I can't see anything with bare eyes any more.

If light pollution is very bad, consider using a filter which blocks the streetlight spectral lines.
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:20 PM   #6
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If it's a toy telescope (no offense intended) then you will see very little.

How the viewfinder on that scope ? That's very important. You need to be able to point the scope!

And od course, you need to identify the planets in the sky first. Easy to do with a star map (or app ) for your location and date.
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:06 PM   #7
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Best bet for casual observing is a good pair of binoculars. Easy to carry around and they don't have to be expensive.

Also get a smartphone app like Google Sky or similar and your phone will point you towards the various objects in the sky. Before smartphones, it was way more difficult to do this; now it's so simple people take it for granted.
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Old 10-07-2017, 09:19 PM   #8

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 It's flat-out impossible that you see *nothing* but the full moon with a telescope
Well, here in Dallas, I've generally found that enough of the faint stuff is washed out by light pollution that observation with binoculars is less than easy: the average angular distance between the things you can see is greater than the width of the binocular's field of view by a fairly large margin, so random observation doesn't work: you basically have to be able to see something by naked eye to know where to point the binoculars.

The OP may be running into similar issues with his telescope: He's trying to observe randomly, and his FOV is too narrow relative to the angular distance between objects that aren't washed out.
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Old 10-08-2017, 12:02 AM   #9
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For sure the full Moon was really blinding Thursday evening. It rose though the haze/pollution layer, looking enormous and yellow for more than an hour. I took my car and when I had it in my field of view, the reflected light was strong enough to dim everything else and I told myself "Hey, what's that ?? What object can fly, be round and emit so much light ?". Took 5 good seconds to understand it was the good ol' Moon.

Really, polluted atmosphere can be interesting... I mean, you don't need binoculars when the Moon is "naturally" magnified 1.5x or 2x ^^
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:52 AM   #10
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LOL I have night blindness sorry for being unfairly ambiguous. Wow I <3 cameras! Makes the invisible visible :D.
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