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mislav

Moon and stars brightness ratio?

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I wonder, how bright (which magnitude) star has to be to be seen near the bright moon?? Is it possible to see stars near the moon (on the edge of moon glare). i assume that that star has to be preety bright to be seen... I saw it, but on star applitaton i dont see any bright stars on that spot..so i wonder which magintude stars i should be looking... or i saw something else:)...

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Do you mean seen with your eyes, with binoculars or with a telescope ?

 

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You should be able to see stars down to around magnitude 9 or 10 when they are close to the Moon, maybe even a little fainter. It's fun to watch a star suddenly disappear as the Moon passes in front of it.

Galaxies and Nebulae get really washed out by the Moon though so it's not really much good looking for those when there is a bright Moon anywhere in the sky.

 

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48 minutes ago, John said:

It's fun to watch a star suddenly disappear as the Moon passes in front of it.

Yep. Especially when it is behind a dark limb and it just blinks out suddenly.

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