I guess this is /out/ related.It's summer, so it's stargazing time. You did learn all 88 constellations and major star names, right, /out/?What are the best and worst spots?
>>2159587>worstin the city>bestas far from the city as you can get
>>2159614>Be me>Live South to the city>Look north>Stars are less visibleFfs
kinda shit thread but ill bump with shit photos
>>2159587>I guess this is /out/ related.Yes it is. Thank you
>>2159587Even from the city you can see deep sky stuff with a telescope. I live in a bortle 6 city and I can see the ring nebula from my 6 inch telescope in my backyard. pic related is a moon photo I took.
>>2159587How much does the moon cycle actually affect how many stars you can see? Should I only go stargazing on a new moon or does it matter?
>>2159829it makes a huge difference and will make or break a stargazing effort if its out and not obscured/ in crescent
>>2159811heres some from my buddies camera thats better at this than mine
I thought I caught an aliens but anon said it's a satellite
>>2159829>>2159834So if I’m planning to go stargazing I should only go on a new moon or the days either side?
>>2159855yeah anything around a new moon should be fine
>>2159855New moon is better.By the way, I've found Andromeda (galaxy) today with my bionculars. Pretty neat.Only 4 billion years until the big crash
Can anyone rec a telescope/camera for a complete newfag&poorfag? Bonus points if somehow it can filter light radiation to a degree, I live a few miles outside a big city.
>>2159961>By the way, I've found Andromeda (galaxy) today with my bionculars. Pretty neat.You sure about that anon? What time were you looking -- andromeda is only visible at like 4 AM in the summer time, only giving you an hour or so until the sun rises and it's too hard to see.I always find fall is the best season for stargazing, you get orionids + andromeda + enough of the milky way
>>2159855For the most part, yeah.The rise/set of celestial bodies plays a part of it too. For example: its a full moon and you want to check out saturn. saturn rises at 930, but the moon doesnt set till midnight. Do you ditch your viewing on account of the moon, or stick it out for prime viewing hours?
>>2159855Yeah, the full moon is literally a bright, sunlight-illuminated rock.Have you never hiked in a full moon before?
>>2159963dont even bother with astrophotography unless you have more time and money than sense and youre extremely passionate about excruciatingly minute details. I say this as a fan of the activity
>>2159970It was 1-2 AM.It was only faint, but it was definitely Andromeda. Couldn't see it with the naked eye though, only with binoculars.
>>2159625That's great since the milky way is towards south, unless you're in southern hemisphere I guess >>2160073>tfw I managed to take this shot with just a phone and tripod and some editing to remove some noise
>>2159587What are some good places to stargaze in the midwest?
I wanna go stargazing and use phone apps to identify and learn constellations, but there's no app that supports the Southern Hemisphere. Literally every app ive tried only shows shit in the Northern Hemisphere.
>>2160518>needing an app to learn the stars
>>2160518I use Sky Map, it works for both hemispheres, as far as I know.The naming of the constellations is written in Latin, though. Not really a problem, but it's harder to learn them.The lights out function is also good.
>>2160523Also, it uses a less common illustration for the Hercules constellation.
>>2159587Thanks to civilization, this view is harder to acquire year by year.
>>2161023Before, all you needed to do was drive further away from the cities.But soon there will be no escape
>>2161027its getting bad I see more and more planes at night in the backcountry too
>>2161027I can't believe Wall-E was actually a prophecy.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmG5tUCrrsA&t=60s
>>2161882I honestly like seeing satellites. It doesn’t spoil the view for me, and I think the motion they add makes the whole scene more enjoyable not unlike seeing a shooting star. Also it’s my understanding that they’re only illuminated just before sunrise and just after sunset since they’re being shaded by the earth as the travel around the far side.
>>2159963Binoculars, marine ones preferably. Cheap second hand ones
>>2160518Buy or print out a planisphere
>>2162018its cool initially but wears off after several outings where youre deep in the backcountry and just want to stargaze away from the hives. Its only going to get worse
>>2162031whats going on in north dakota?
>>2162465you'll see similar bright spots in alaska and russia and other non-populated areas that have large mining operations
>>2159587>It's summer, so it's stargazing timeNot this far up north. Maybe I'll see the stars again in about a month.
Gulf Coast anon here. Summer is hurricane/monsoon season so no stargazing until late October at the earliest.I personally use Clear Dark Sky. They have a lot of good sites listed, some run by local astronomy groups.https://www.cleardarksky.com/
>>2162470but its the size of the chicago urban sprawl how is that possible?
>>2163323Lots of little oil and gas flares spread out and then get merged together due to the way satellites read atmospheric light?See: http://www.lightpollution.it/worldatlas/pages/faq.htmlAlso see: https://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2013/01/16/169511949/a-mysterious-patch-of-light-shows-up-in-the-north-dakota-dark
>>2163352ah ty anon this is interesting
I saw the most stars in my life in Hereford Oregon.
Anyone here ever successfully photograph any messier objects?
>>2166439Nah, I'm a poorfag, and those type of cameras are expensive af.
>>2159587Kissimmee State Park is a dark sky zone and I think summer is the best time to see the Milky Way in Florida. However, summer in Florida is also... Well, summer in Florida. Maybe next year.
>>2160518I live in the southern hemisphere and literally no app I tried had that problem. But ifyou need a recommendation try SkySafari, it's probably the most complete one
>>2159836Thanks for the cool photos anon.
>>2167352Np anon. have a few from last year before I figured out the focus on my camera
>>2167377woops wrong photo
all of these were just me leaning my camera against a rock so theres a lot to be desired but theres not a lot of OC ITT so ill continue
I'm going out to a desolated place in the first week of August, hopefully I can take a nice shot
>>2167388>missed focus on once in a lift time shotbig oof
>>2168535im lucky i even had the camera tbqh. its a shitty little mirrorless that was not designed for stars. oh well
>>2159812hey i saw the starlink train too i was out in the kickapoo valley in Wisconsin last week and saw a really cool phenomenon. it was pretty foggy and humid close to the ground but crystal clear above, and it looked like the stars were poking through the fog. hard to explain but it was very very cool looking, kinda spooky
what shutter speed/focal length/aperture are you guys using?
>>2159836That's stunning. Thanks for sharing!
Anybody have a kit worked out for people wanting to get into astrophotography (DSO specifically, but anything works) running <=$2k?
>>2168518where anon? what camera?
>>2159587Beginner telescope recommendations? I read celestron 127eq is shit but most places recommend them.
I use an app called stellerium. I noticed it was the program being used at a local star observatory to track the stars/planets. Highly recomend.
>>2172349can confirm stellarium is GOAT used it in my applied astronomy course in college to help plan remote control viewing sessions
Nobody else saw those three moving dots just left of Jupiter last night?
>>2172577Those would be moons
>>2172156Do not get an equatorial mount. Get the largest dobsonian you can reasonably move/store. I would recommend an 8 inch dobsonian from any of the big brands
>>2172594Nah man, they were way off and moving downwards
>>2167384Very cool, anon. This is my new wallpaper.
>>2172862hey np anon. have some similar shots
>>2173379oops, wrong one