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Naked Eye Limiting Magnitude's?

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artikay

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I'm planning a trip. A stargazing trip. I've always just wanted to spend a full night simply stargazing, without so much as binoculars, just staring up. But I live in New York, and apparently the Naked Eye Limiting Magnitude here is "+2.0", meaning I can see roughly 25 stars on a perfectly clear night. So as you can see, I need to travel for this. I've only ever been to two places in my life, New York, and the boardwalks of New Jersey. Absolutely nowhere else. So I'm also planning this trip so I can simply go somewhere new.<br /><br />Thing is, I don't know how to find out the "Naked Eye Magnitudes" of certain locations, the only tools I found require GPS coordinates, whhich I don't have. So I've been looking for a place relatively far (As far away as a three day weekend will let me travel... and a town with a small population. I figure, small city = little light pollution.<br /><br />Long story short, I've chosen Brattleboro, Vermont. I've seen some pictures of it online, and it looks like a beautiful place. Even if it turns out to be cloudy the whole time I'm there, I'd still like to go see it. But how could I find out what it's Limiting Magnitude is? Could someone tell me what I might expect to see out in Vermont?<br /><br />A population of 8,000,000 Vs 12,000 sounds promising.<br /><br />I'm using a saved holidy to make a three day weekend for this, and I've chosen to have it land on the peak of the Persied Meteor shower in august. So I need to start finalizing things, like a hotel, greyhound tickets, ect. So If I suddenly decide to try Maine instead, I have to make that choice now. So any help is greately appreciated. So, what can one see in Vermonts skies?
 
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MeteorWayne

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Artikay,<br /><br />Here's a light pollution map of that area, the cross is at a private observatory in Marlborough, about 15 miles to the east.<br /><br />So you are in the Green zone, which if you read the scale allows Limiting Magnitudes of 6.2 to 6.5.<br /><br />That'll blow your mind <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /><br /><br />Meteor Wayne <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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Hi there.<br /><br />I was at a college for five years, in the Towy Valley, in Wales, United Kingdom.<br /><br />There were NO streetlights, out in the sticks in the U shaped valley<br />(courtesy of the River Towy & two glaciers, during the last period of glaciation).<br /><br />If it was clear & no moon, the only real way you could tell where the hills were, <br />was where the stars stopped.<br /><br />The Milky Way was spectacular particularly thorugh Cygnus which from Britain <br />passes almost overhead on Summer & Autumn evenings.<br /><br />During June & early July, it never got dark properly as Astronomical twilight persisted.<br /><br />Also Venus often cast shadows.<br /><br />Great place for Meteor observing. <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /><br /><br />No jealousy there then MeteorWayne <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> .<br /><br />Andrew Brown. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080">"I suddenly noticed an anomaly to the left of Io, just off the rim of that world. It was extremely large with respect to the overall size of Io and crescent shaped. It seemed unbelievable that something that big had not been visible before".</font> <em><strong><font color="#000000">Linda Morabito </font></strong><font color="#800000">on discovering that the Jupiter moon Io was volcanically active. Friday 9th March 1979.</font></em></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://www.launchphotography.com/</font><br /><br /><font size="1" color="#000080">http://anthmartian.googlepages.com/thisislandearth</font></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://web.me.com/meridianijournal</font></p> </div>
 
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kyle_baron

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<br /><br />http://cleardarksky.com/lp/OlmzgObVTlp.html?Mn=astrophysics<br /><br />Olmzog Observatory is in Marlboro, which is 10.5 mi. west of Brattleboro. So, you would have to go 10.5 mi. east of the cross hair on the map. This puts you in the yellow with a limiting magnitude from 5.9-6.2 which is pretty good nowadays. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font size="4"><strong></strong></font></p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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kyle, could you delete that long URL, you are not supposed to have one that long in a post.<br /><br />Here's the link to the observatory in the proper form.<br /><br /> link <br /><br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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saurc

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Yeah, it makes the reply button really far away.<br /><br />I think that it's even possible to see Uranus on a very clear night, if you know exactly where to look.
 
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MeteorWayne

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Uranus is within reach even here in NJ on a clear night.<br />It's currently at magnitude +5.8 in Aquarius, <br />reaching 36 degrees elevation here before astronomical twilight.<br />I will be attempting it during this moonths meteor watches.<br />(moonth is not a typo, it's what I call the moon free observing period between full moons, <br />which is crucial for meteor observing)<br /><br />MW <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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