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Hi there! I hope you can help, I'll be in the Bay Area for a bunch of days and I thought to try some astrophotography. Could you please suggests some location options to do some astrophotography in California, ideally not further than 2-2.5h from Menlo Park? Thank you! Tom
Hi, we have recently bought a new house in a semi-rural area close to Filey, North Yorks and requiring some help please regarding best location in the garden for siting an observatory. The "agreed" spot - that the boss is happy with (ie cannot see obs from the house) offers a view from 270° to 120°. From West to North viewing is ok above 50° (house) (270° to 359°) Due North to ESE is virtually uninterrupted. (0° to 120°) Down side is the trees to the south are too high (40') and not mine to deal with so that is going to be a real downer for Orion I think. Can anyone with "sky knowledge" please help and let me know how good or bad this outlook actually is - more importantly, what large galaxies/nebulas I stand to miss in the 120 - 269° direction. If it is a non starter then please be honest I have included a photo of the garden - the green dome is superimposed and where the planned location of the observatory will be built - the direction indicators are spot on and the hedgeline is about 12 feet high. Is there such a site online where you can enter your observing window and in turn it lets you know what is visible over the course of a calendar year ? Thanks in advance Oh, if I tell the missus "we have to move again" there will be some telescope gear appearing on here very cheap and me thinks some surgeons could be learning new "extraction techniques"