Can I see the stars in a small city?

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I live in a city of 200,000 people, and I was just wondering if I would be able to practice amateur astronomy with the light pollution and all. Basically, it's still dark enough to see some stars with the naked eye, but not very many, if that helps.
 
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My answer is yes. I recommend you download and use Stellarium, free software. Stellarium Astronomy Software

You can configure for your geolocation, run the application and check out what stars are visible in your sky. If you left click on a star like Sirius, all kinds of information is displayed including brightness level or magnitude. Where I live at I can see stars about magnitude 5.5 or 5.6 but I am not in a city area with many lights around and no street lights too.
 
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Yes, you can see plenty of stars from a small city, even a large one. I saw Halley's comet from Times Square in NYC. It was a clear night and I knew right where to look, blocked direct lighting with my hand.
 
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Yes, you can see plenty of stars from a small city, even a large one. I saw Halley's comet from Times Square in NYC. It was a clear night and I knew right where to look, blocked direct lighting with my hand.
That's good to hear, I'm really excited to start stargazing!
 
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John Dobson, who popularized the 'Dobsonian' mount for telescopes, frequently set up his scope on the sidewalk in San Francisco and showed sky objects to anyone who passed by. You'll see stuff you can't see with the naked eye if you can figure out where to look.
 
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