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I saw the Milky Way for the first time!


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Tonight was amazing! I saw the Milky Way for the first time ever! I went out at 9:45pm with a lawn chair. I looked up for about 20 minutes for my eyes to get dark adapted. Then I challenged myself to find the faintest magnitude star I could see. After a few minutes of looking, I found a magnitude 5.3 star near Vega. Surprised, I kept looking up. Then I saw the faint glow of the spiral arm of our galaxy. It was incredible! It started at Deneb, around 40-45* high, and stretched across the southern sky above Altair. There were noticeably bright patches below Deneb, and to the right of Altair. I did my best blocking the nearby street light from entering my eyes. I stared up at it for a long time. When I was ready to call it a night because the moon was rising, I got up and saw the distinct glow of the Milky Way stretch across the sky from about 40* up. It was probably one of the clearest and best nights I have seen, and I was stunned that I could see the Milky Way from an orange zone in the suburbs.

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It is amazing the first time you see it, the sheer number of stars just blows you away. I was lucky enough to be on the coast in Cumbria on a late summers evening a few years back, there was zero light pollution and it was totally clear and no moon at all, naturally I didnt have my scope, binoculars or camera but the Mk I eyeball was enough :)

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Its been over 40 years without seeing it any more now I live in a city , it was great back then to be 5 miles from anyone and 10 miles to a town and 25 miles to a city. The down side was no lighting or runing water and never went to shcool , but what a sky to look at just Stars every were you look.

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The best place I've seen the milky way was when I hiked for 3 days into the pyranees, I camped by a lake with no unnatural light for about 20 miles, I must have been several thousand feet up too, saw an amazing sight, the stars were so bright we didnt need our torches! Billions of stars clear as day! I must go back one day! :D

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Yosemite National Park last September was the last time seeing the Milky Way for me. It was STUNNING, no cloud or moon, it was real diamonds on black velvet stuff. So many stars that I could barely recognise the constellations!! The MW was a thick ribbon of stars running across the sky.

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Tonight was amazing! I saw the Milky Way for the first time ever!

Terrible isn't it !!! .. I mean the amount of years it's taken to get to see it for the first time. The things we're doing to poor Earth eh.

Nice though when you do get to see it isn't it :)

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I went to Camber, UK in september and from the beach.... the milkyway arched from the horizon, over my head and dropped into the sea! It was the most amazing sight... as if the world was falling into the sea! Scanning thru it from where it dipped into the sea was a surreal experience. I bumped into Messier objects one after another. The beauty of Bins is because of theor low mag and low resolution.... your eyes are forced to tease out details and your mind 'filling' the visual gap. So even the simplest patches of fuzzies amazes.

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