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      CommentAuthorMShades
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
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    Oh, that's nice. Really really nice...
    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
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    Amazing! Absolutely gorgeous.

    But, having grown up in Tucson where there are light pollution laws because of the observatories, I can tell you that seeing it with the naked eye won't show you the colored clouds of dust and whatnot...but you'll see a crapton of stars, and that in and of itself is beautiful.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
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    I'm getting the urge to drive out to the high desert this weekend.

    I heard that during the great blackout in NYC a few years back, when folks were camping on the streets and in the parks to escape the heat, people were utterly blown away by the un-light-polluted night sky over Manhattan.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
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    @ StefanJ - Was in Toronto during the Blackout and skate-boarded home, quite drunk, by the light of the moon. The stars were indeed fantastic.
    • CommentAuthorlooneynerd
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2009
     (5899.25)
    @Pooka

    Heh, the only advantage to living in Kentucky is being able to see the stars just about everywhere.
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      CommentAuthorhalcyonday
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2009
     (5899.26)
    That is..amazing. I'll just be here, trying to roll my jaw back up and cursing the light pollution in London.
    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2009
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    Ahh, another reason why it would not appear this way to the naked eye - they used a filter that would let a specific wavelength of hydrogen show up. Absolutely gorgeous just the same, though.
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      CommentAuthorbjacques
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd 2009 edited
     (5899.28)
    @Pooka

    If the security light is close enough, some night when your neighbor isn't home, hose it down until the bulb cracks.

    Best I got so far was this, on an island. EOS 350D, 50/f1.4, 30-sec exposure (noisy as hell). Haven't made it yet to a desert, where the air would be really dry. One day...

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