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Hey.. So last night i went to a beach that had one side completely dark ,and the other filed with light pollution . In the dark side,the milky way gqlaxy was pretty obvious and the sky was  full of stars. Andromeda was rising and i wanted to take a peak, however , it was low on the horizon and had a slight haze(skyglow).It wasn't visible with the naked eye and in my 10x50 binoculars i could just resolve the core.

I heard Andromeda would be visible with the naked eye as its mag 3.3. But the milkyway was and Andromeda wasnt.What went wrong?

Edited by Kronos831
Forgot to add binocular lens diameter

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Hi. i think the clue is that M31 was low. The light has to travel through a lot more atmosphere. Therefore a lot more dirt, smoke, moisture, etc.

 

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Yea, probably, the light pollution didn't help either.Just wanted to make sure.

Thanks

Kronos

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