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Preparation and the Observing Session

  • Brian Cudnik
Chapter
Part of the Astronomers' Observing Guides book series (OBSERVING)

Abstract

One of the essentials of faint object observing is a dark sky observing site [89]. This can be a site that is owned or leased by your local astronomy club. The author uses a location that is simply referred to as “The Dark Site,” an 18 acre piece of land some 7 miles west of Columbus, Texas, which is managed by the Houston Astronomical Society for the use of its members and guests (a family who is well known in the greater Houston area owns the property as of this writing). Other clubs may or may not have dark sites of their own. The preferred site is one that is owned or operated by someone you know (and you have permission to use their land), or is a site where a “star party” is held annually or more frequently. Annual star party events such as the Texas Star Party are excellent venues for observing faint objects. Don’t just pick an arbitrary field without knowing who it belongs to or what it is – remember, SAFETY FIRST.

Keywords

Bright Star Bright Object Light Pollution Entrance Pupil Dark Time 
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References

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    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2012) Table source, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bortle_Dark-Sky_Scale
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    Galaxies…adapted from Table 5.1, p. 93Google Scholar
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.HoustonUSA

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