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How can I tell if the night sky is observable from here?

  1. Jun 6, 2009 #1
    Firstly, sorry if this is a stupid question but I was just wondering if there's a way I can tell if the night sky is observable where I'm living, Dubai. I really want to get a telescope but it'll be a waste if I can't even use it here.

    Where I live, I wouldn't say that there's too much background light but the highway is a few hundred meters behind my house, although it's layers of houses so I don't see most of it myself.

    Don't wanna make this so long so I guess I'm just looking for a little bit of guidance since I'm a little lost and confused and want to start off in amateur astronomy with a telescope.

    Any advise or links appreciated and thanks in advance ^_^
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  3. Jun 6, 2009 #2


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    The simplest way is to go outside and try to identify the dimmest star you can see and check with a star chart to see what magnitude it is.

    There are also probably weather sites that tell you the sky's transparency, but I only have ones for the US...
  4. Jun 6, 2009 #3
    Well I found a star chart, and went out on the balcony to see if I could locate anything until I noticed that the full moon was unusually bright tonight, I was able to see a few stars but all of them were similar in brightness, at least to me, so I guess I'll try tomorrow night.

    And thanks for the advice russ, hopefully it won't be so bright tomorrow :)
  5. Jun 6, 2009 #4


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    The moon will be full on June 7. Try waiting about 1 week, and observe before the moon becomes visible in the sky.
  6. Jun 6, 2009 #5
    Well it's technically June 7 here, well 2 hours into it anyways but yeah, I'll be sure to remind myself to check the sky in a week's time, Thanks :)
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