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There is a astronomy club on my campus that held open house days for viewing of different objects. They never allowed us to go into our large telescope unfortunately, but I was allowed to look through some of the smaller ones. It was pretty cool to see the different things, but they were limited in their power.
One of the telescopes I was looking at had to be recalibrated once a minute to adjust for the movement of Jupiter due to the spin of the Earth. You could even see the moons around it as well.
What a great opportunity, even if you didn't get to use large one.
The problem with telescopes (albeit a small problem) is the magnification is not that great with anything I can afford, the images are only in color if you are exposing with a camera, and I could never teach myself to be a night owl.
I always thought light pollution would be one of the biggest problems.
Honestly, light pollution is not too bad of a problem for most of us. I mean, if I can see the objects fairly well in Orlando (talk about light pollution everywhere), then it should be fine everywhere else, except for maybe New York or something like that.
I wish I could take a telescope to the village I lived in Michigan. There was virtually no light pollution at all and you could see so much in the night sky with the naked eye.
The difference between living in the country and in the city is remarkable. At least to the naked eye.
Population density - obviously - is much higher in greater Chicago than it was when I lived in rural Iowa. The pace of things in general is faster, and there is way more light pollution than there is on my uncle's farm!
I've got my own large telescope that I used to take over to the local campus observatory just outside town. Not only was Jupiter and the 4 main moons fully visible, but also Saturn and its moons as well. I once showed Saturn to a friend of mine who had only seen video or pictures of it, and he freaked out when he saw it in person through my telescope. He said it's an entirely different experience to see it directly.
Anyway, the campus had their own giant telescope, which I got to look at M13 through. That was amazing! Unfortunately, light polution from the city kept getting worse and worse, and so the compus had to shut down the observatory and relocate much further away.
If I could choose anywhere to live, I'd move to Arizona and get away from all the light polution. Nice open deserts mean plenty of opportunities for star gazing.
I plan to buy as big of a telescope as I can afford once we move out of town a bit. It will be a few years before that happens, though.
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