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cieledrore

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2018, 04:26:47 AM »
I agree with you Gene. People spend hours trying to tease details out of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, all of which are FAR smaller in angular diameter through a telescope. And yet with the Moon, there's TONS of detail to be seen, and lots of maps out there to help identify features. Why not look at it? It's a GREAT object to view!

Joe Maillet

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2018, 07:56:07 AM »
Actually, no.  The moon gives off no light of its own, it is merely reflecting sun light....which is there to begin with...we just don't notice it when its not being reflected back.Nuthin wrong with moon viewing.....

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2018, 09:59:28 AM »
I like to view when 1/8 to 1/2 illuminated only. When full, I just use narrowband filtering to view my other objects. Unless the moon is right in the vicinity of my DSO's, I can still see detail in emission nebulae. Moon & Skyglow filter helps for open cluster viewing when very bright. I still like to point out to neighbors that the additional unnecessary outdoor lighting is contributing to obscuring Astro objects and detail in visible ones, while I give them a moon tour or even better - show off some nebulae. That way they want to turn out those lights. Sometimes effective, sometimes not. I can only try though.

Zac Purvis

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2018, 12:28:29 PM »
I bet the view is awesome from Pluto! hee, hee

The more I observe Luna, the more I want to observe it. It's really been growing on me. I just wish I could have a quarter or half moon at midnight, but alas that's simply not possible...

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #34 on: February 03, 2018, 12:27:51 AM »
To the original topic, as others have said, the moon is NOT light pollution, rather a naturally occuring part of the day night cycle.  That said, with a good scope pointed at the terminator on a less than full moon will show wonders.  Binoculars or anything you have handy.  Last summer I had the privilege of looking through a large apeture refracter with excellent optics in good seeing (for Michigan...) and it took my breath away.

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #35 on: February 03, 2018, 01:26:57 AM »
Actually I was trying out my new 10" dob the night before the full moon and looked at Saturn only a few degrees to the East. Not too shabby a view considering I was also under orange/red LP skies. The moon comes and goes. My city's LP is always on.

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #36 on: February 03, 2018, 02:26:23 AM »
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A full moon doesn't always blot out most of the stars. Just last week I saw the milky way clearly during a full moon.


Milky Way Eclipse by kevin-palmer, on Flickr

Nice picture! I rather to have full moon in dark sky than Chicago's streetlights!


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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #37 on: February 08, 2018, 11:53:30 PM »
That is a beautiful image.Any processing on it?