Tuesday, February 06, 2007

what to see from a 5th floor apartment window..

while light pollution kills most faint deep sky objects in the middle of washington, d.c., there's still a few great sights that anyone can see with nothing more expensive than a pair of binoculars. in fact a telescope won't allow you to see big open clusters as well as binoculars because of their smaller field of view. there are many misconceptions about amateur astronomy, and needing a 'powerful' telescope always comes in at number 1.

take this open star cluster in the constellation taurus, for example.

it's called the hyades, and is the nearest open star cluster to us at a distance of only 150 light years - 900 trillion miles...

space is a vast empty place. but very pretty in a few places.

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