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The Milky Way in the UK?

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I have managed to see it at home but nothing like how I saw it in Wales last October as I was getting lost looking at the stars finding it difficult to make out the easiest of constellations. I don't think I've seen so many stars.

My attempt of taking a picture of a part of it doesn't do it any justice but it was a fantastic site.

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I'm four miles from Norwich and we don't have street lights, but maybe I've not been looking at the right time or just never noticed. It's my goal this year to see it! Oh and to lose some weight!

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Four miles is not great in terms of LP from a place like Norwich. I think you'd be wanting to get at least 10 miles away from the edge of a large urban area before things start to improve, and probably more like 20 or 30 before it gets really good. I'm about 6 miles out from Colchester, again no street lights to speak of. The Colchester direction suffers from LP, especially on non-transparent nights. The Milky Way is clearly visible most nights, but it is a shadow of what I have seen from truly dark sites away from town when you feel like you could read a book by it's light (you couldn't but it is amazingly bright when everything else around is properly dark).

One reason I recommended going up to the coast is that we also have the North Sea on the other side of us. There aren't many street lights out there (though I guess offshore oil/gas platforms can be an issue in some places round the UK). It sort of balances out any existing LP as maybe in half the compass directions the sky is really dark and so you tend to find that the zenith is also darker than it otherwise would be.

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Us lot in the South Wales group meet up in Blaenavon and we often see the Milky Way. It's quite a sight!

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I saw it from a little village called Pembridge about 10miles from Hereford at the end of last summer. Simply blown away, that's the best i can do to sum up how I felt!!

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I wonder actually if more people would have seen it if they knew what they were looking at. In the last year I've seen it loads of times. Stunning up on the epynt, trecastle, Brecon and blaenavon in Wales but now I've also seen it from my back garden, no where near as bright but now with a bit more experience quite obvious. Its obviously always been within my capabilities to do that from home but until I took up this hobby last year I was just oblivious to it. I'm guessing there's a whole load of others in the same boat.

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i seen it on a weekend away near the south of snowdonia national park in wales. an amazing sight, unbelievable how many stars you could see with just your naked eye, wish i had my bins with me then!

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I have enjoyed the milky way in many sites in North Norfolk, it will never emulate Hawaii for example but it is a super sight once you find a spot with no lights and you are dark adapted

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Light pollution is the biggest problem, closley followed by are transparency in the UK and then our georaphical location. To get the best views of those dark dust lanes you'll need dark skies & the very clearest of air.

It's also worth remembering that the very best parts of the Milky Way looking towards the Galactic centre are always going to be very low down on the south horizon as viewed from the UK. You will always get clearer views of Scorpius and Sagitarius from countries that are further south since these constellations will be higher up or even overhead!!!

From my garden in Mid Wales there is no Light Pollution due south and on a clear night the Milky Way goes down to the Southern horizon. The best parts of the Milky Way in Sagitarius are just about visible.

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I remember as a wee lad seeing it from north west Norfolk (near Sedgeford) it looked amazing, you can just about see it from Mattishall area it looks like a faint band, if the seeing is good, but not like the long exposure shots, but even from there the light pollution shows a lot on a say 30 second exposure :(

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This is the most noticeable the milky way has looked in a photo i've took.......

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This was about 5 miles west of Norwich looking west, the light pollution is Dereham :eek:

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I haven't once seen the Milky Way with my own eyes :icon_sad:

That really does depress me really, so we're going to definitely do something about it this year.

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I think most people in the UK could see the Milky Way if they were willing to take a midnight stroll and knew what they were looking at. Now I know what I'm looking for, on a good night I can make out the Cygnus Rift in my back garden despite the local light pollution.

In decent conditions a 30 minute walk out into the farmland surrounding most medium-large towns will be enough to see the Milky Way in some capacity. The view is extremely lacking compared to Africa etc, but it will tide you over until you make a trip to a genuine dark sky site.

I definitely think taking a walk into the country in the dead of night is worth it for the novelty of seeing the Milky Way with your own eyes in your own country.

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i am going to be very close to that dark patch in Devon for a week in august, and the DSLR is definitely coming with me!

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I live in north wales at 2 am last night (this morning) the milky way was clearly visable as a faint band of cloud towards the east.

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It's been visible here over the last three (or four? I've lost track) nights, too. Lovely to see it.

James

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Just seen it from my back garden for the first time, not the best view I've had of it but chuffed I can see it from my garden.

im going camping in southern Africa in November so really looking forward to the dark skies over there.

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The Milky Way is pretty low this time of year until the early hours where it runs through Cygnus and Cassiopeia. From a dark site it's a wonderful outstanding site, enjoy !

Nick.

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As several have mentioned you need to be out of town, and on a moonless night. A couple of years ago I had a lovely view whilst camping in Dorset (Langton Matravers) over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It was the first time I'd seen the Milky Way and not an experience I'll ever forget; definitely a memory to hang on to. We had a fair few meteors thrown in too :smiley:

Whilst I'd always had a passing interest in astronomy it was gazing at the Milky Way that weekend that really sparked it off.

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Langton Matravers is a character in a George Eliot novel. Or should be, if there's any justice in the world.

James

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Langton Matravers is a character in a George Eliot novel. Or should be, if there's any justice in the world.

James

Love it :laugh: . As soon as you get to the Corfe area there's a whole family of Matravers' !

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Yep, the children and I always have a little giggle when we see Langton Matravers. It normally gets said in the style of a West Country pirate for some reason :-).

The Milky Way from that area is lovely. I particularly like where it runs through Cygnus with the dark rifts. Can't see it at all from home so really enjoy my breaks down there.

Stu

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There is a lovely stretch of dark skies down there. Last year we were in Seatown. Made the mistake of it being a "planned" stargazing trip though... which of course brought the inevitable clouds for two out of three nights!

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Looking forward to our trip to Namibia in August, should hopefully get some spectacular views from there.

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Looking forward to our trip to Namibia in August, should hopefully get some spectacular views from there.

I observed with a 12" scope in Namibia 2 years ago (and heading back in October) and it was some of the best skies I have ever seen. The experience will stay with you forever.

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