Finding Astro spots

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Bob in Baltimore
Bob in Baltimore Senior Member • Posts: 1,068
Re: Finding Astro spots

I'm not sure if the good answers already given are actually answering the question you have. Is your question really about figuring out what the Milky Way will look like from any particular place without wondering around at night?

Most basic approach:

1A) You know the direction from your house to the MW around this date, and for some time in the evening, based on your seeing it. Right? Get a compass, or use a map and landscape features to figure out that direction - the azimuth where the MW hits the horizon.

1B) Then, in the daylight,  locate a setting with a general south-facing view that looks interesting, pick a shooting spot, use a compass to find the direction you want to aim your camera. Walk around looking for nice foreground features that you might include, aim your camera at the proper azimuth and take some pix in daylight. Try several places and note which you think will look best. Then come back at night and shoot away.

A more technocratic approach:

2A) Use SW such as the free Stellarium to see what the MW look like through out the night. Do you want a towing MW straight up or an arching MW to the East or West? Pick the time that matches the look you want. Read off the range of azimuths you want to include.

2B) Then do step 1B).

The information you develop will be useful over a period of weeks to months, but for different times of the night as the year proceeds.

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