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Aaron Maggot

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Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« on: December 28, 2017, 10:54:10 AM »
I was wondering if any refractor users out there know of any good spots near Boston where I can get some good views. So far I have been to Plum Island, and looking to go to a light house in Marblehead this week. Also anyone been to Bar Harbor Maine and used their scope there. I would like to know what sorts of seeing you got there. Thanks guys!



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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 05:16:50 AM »
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I was wondering if any refractor users out there know of any good spots near Boston where I can get some good views.
The fact that you're using a refractor is irrelevant -- a good astro site is a good astro site for any instrument or no instrument.I assume that you're primarily interested in darkness, for deep-sky observing. Is that right?How far are you willing to drive? Few people would call Bar Harbor close to Boston! Are you looking for places where you can spend the night or places where you can drive there and back in a single night?Obviously, summer isn't the greatest time for deep-sky astronomy, due to the short nights and generally poor transparency. Though we should be getting more good transparency as August rolls around.

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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 09:12:40 AM »
You can join ATMOB www.atmob.org, we have a club house in westford MA which is a good observing site near MIT haystack observatory and you will also get opportunity to meet many members of the group with lots of different gear.

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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 05:23:53 AM »
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I was wondering if any refractor users out there know of any good spots near Boston where I can get some good views.

The fact that you're using a refractor is irrelevant -- a good astro site is a good astro site for any instrument or no instrument.
I assume that you're primarily interested in darkness, for deep-sky observing. Is that right?
How far are you willing to drive? Few people would call Bar Harbor close to Boston! Are you looking for places where you can spend the night or places where you can drive there and back in a single night?
Obviously, summer isn't the greatest time for deep-sky astronomy, due to the short nights and generally poor transparency. Though we should be getting more good transparency as August rolls around.
I guess the better question I should have asked was, what could be recommended targets for me to look for with my refractor (coming from a 8" Dob due to portability issues). Bar Harbor is a camping trip I am planning for the Fall, and I usually use Plum Island or the Parker River Reserve as a "Dark Site".

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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 05:48:51 AM »
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You can join ATMOB www.atmob.org, we have a club house in westford MA which is a good observing site near MIT haystack observatory and you will also get opportunity to meet many members of the group with lots of different gear.

Sweet! I will definitely look into this, thanks for the info!

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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 03:46:26 PM »
Hello and Welcome to Cloudy Nights! I can also give a thumbs up to the ATMOB club great group of guy's there and the club house 's observing field has some nice skies! You can also come to one of the monthly public astronomy nights my group host in Sharon ma. at the Moosehill Wildlife Sanctuary , we have a small but nice observing field and not bad skies for the area! We have one this Friday Night but the weather forecast is not looking to good right now.

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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 07:03:32 AM »
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I guess the better question I should have asked was, what could be recommended targets for me to look for with my refractor (coming from a 8" Dob due to portability issues).
Same stuff as with an 8-inch Dob. You won't see it quite as well in the refractor, but it shouldn't be that far off.

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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 04:52:50 PM »
I'd love to hear any further recommendations others have for decent skies within an hour of Boston. I recently picked up an AWB Onesky and am trying to start exploring, but I live in the light-bulb that is downtown Boston. I'm planning the odd camping trip, but would love to find a place where I could just grab my scope and my kids and run out spur-of-the-moment on a good night, without having to spend hours driving. I've explored a few places I've found using that online light pollution map, but so far most of the good options claim to be closed at sunset (including all of the Trustees of Reservations properties, as well as Plum Island - although I gather that at least one poster has been able to do some stargazing there, so perhaps I just need to go before sunset and hope I don't get chased out later?). I just joined ATMOB, and appreciate the heads-up on that (as well as the heads up about Moosehill Wildlife - I'll look into that group as well), but any other suggestions would be very welcome.

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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 02:16:15 AM »
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I'd love to hear any further recommendations others have for decent skies within an hour of Boston. I recently picked up an AWB Onesky and am trying to start exploring, but I live in the light-bulb that is downtown Boston.

You're likely going to have to bend the laws a bit to find a good spot within an hour of downtown Boston. Most public parks are officially closed at night, but many of them are also widely used. Often finding a good parking spot is the hardest part.

The ATMOB field is probably about the best spot you can find that's 100% legit and painless (assuming that you're a member, of course). But it's not very dark. There are significantly darker sites on Cape Ann.

My buddies who live on the South Shore favor Myles Standish State Forest, but that's well over a one-hour drive from downtown.

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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 06:21:47 AM »
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I was wondering if any refractor users out there know of any good spots near Boston where I can get some good views.

The fact that you're using a refractor is irrelevant -- a good astro site is a good astro site for any instrument or no instrument.
I assume that you're primarily interested in darkness, for deep-sky observing. Is that right?
How far are you willing to drive? Few people would call Bar Harbor close to Boston! Are you looking for places where you can spend the night or places where you can drive there and back in a single night?
Obviously, summer isn't the greatest time for deep-sky astronomy, due to the short nights and generally poor transparency. Though we should be getting more good transparency as August rolls around.
I guess the better question I should have asked was, what could be recommended targets for me to look for with my refractor (coming from a 8" Dob due to portability issues). Bar Harbor is a camping trip I am planning for the Fall, and I usually use Plum Island or the Parker River Reserve as a "Dark Site".
As noted Tony, the fact that you are using a refractor really doesn't matter.

If you want a list of targets, that is a different matter. 

Here is he method I use:

Create a list of targets sorted by constellation using Tonight's Sky -
http://www.cloudynig...ights-sky-free/

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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 10:58:37 AM »
You can go either 30 miles east or west of Manchester NH to get to darker skies, just need a place to find to park somewhere. Check with the clear sky chart for help finding a orange area. I live 30 mile from Charlotte which is pretty light polluted and on a good night I can see up to or down to magnitude 5 from my backyard. It's considered a red zone on the map.

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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2018, 07:52:13 AM »
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I'd love to hear any further recommendations others have for decent skies within an hour of Boston. I recently picked up an AWB Onesky and am trying to start exploring, but I live in the light-bulb that is downtown Boston. I'm planning the odd camping trip, but would love to find a place where I could just grab my scope and my kids and run out spur-of-the-moment on a good night, without having to spend hours driving. I've explored a few places I've found using that online light pollution map, but so far most of the good options claim to be closed at sunset (including all of the Trustees of Reservations properties, as well as Plum Island - although I gather that at least one poster has been able to do some stargazing there, so perhaps I just need to go before sunset and hope I don't get chased out later?). I just joined ATMOB, and appreciate the heads-up on that (as well as the heads up about Moosehill Wildlife - I'll look into that group as well), but any other suggestions would be very welcome.

I go to Plum Island a lot (GF's parents live in Newburyport) and typically the cops wont mess with you on the beach or the Reservation, unless you're a teenager who's up to shenanigans. Last time I went up there was with my 8" Dob (terrible idea) two police officers snuck up on me, asked me what my "tube" was, I told them what it was, and offered them a view. They said no, and promptly let me go about my business. It's typically the places closest to Boston where you have to be concerned about the police, due to obvious reasons.

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Re: Good spots to use my AR127 near the Boston Area
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 09:28:19 AM »
Well, since my last post from my yard I have been able to see the Andromeda Galaxy, the Dumbbell Galaxy, M15, M2, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (finally figured out Stellarium) . All this from 15 minutes outside of Boston. As Mr. Flanders pointed out, the view from my refractor, is just a little smaller and right side up, not much of a difference. Looking forward to a camping trip up to Bar Harbor to really see what this baby can do under relatively darker skies. Thanks for all your advice!