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Eyepiece Change Or Aperature Change Due To Light Pollution?

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Posted by Scott Simon on May 3, 2002 12:23:51 UTC

I'm faced with a new set of apartments that have encroached within 300 yards of my home. The parking lights and the city of Claksville background light pollution have ruined the sky! Some of you have to obeserve under these terrible conditions, I need your advice. How do you do it? I have a G8 8" SCT with lots of bucks tied up in this scope over the years. I purchased a Meade 2" LPR but this has not helped at all bringing in the deep sky objects. Now I barely see M81 and M82 as just small wisps and puffs. I can only get them now at close to the zenith. They are less than a 8 magnitude. All the other beautiful objects are gone. My EP's are not Naglers but mostly Celestron and Meade. Would it help me to buy the better Naglers to see better? Should I sell off my scopes and move to a Dob for more Aperature? Would a change in EP's along with a filter recommendation do the job? What are your thoughts? Help please! A sad and dis-heartened disabled astronomer... Scott

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