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Urban Imaging Target Recommendations

Recommended Imaging Targets On Moonless Nights

  • Sun and Moon

  • All planets plus many of their brighter satellites

  • Hundreds of globular and open clusters

  • Several hundred planetary nebulas

  • Brighter galaxies

  • Artificial satellites...

    • You can video record hundreds of low power telescopic satellites.  For this it's best to use a rich-field telescope like a short-tube refractor.

    • Dozens of geostationary satellites

    • ISS (visually plus imaging of Sun/Moon transits)

  • The brighter quasars, plus one pulsar

  • Many hundreds of asteroids

  • Stars including, novas/supernovas, variable stars and double-stars

  • Occultations


Recommended Imaging Targets on Moon-Filled Nights

  • Sun and Moon

  • All planets

  • Stars including, novas/supernovas, variable stars and double-stars.  Including optical resolution tests using ultra-close doubles

  • Occultations

  • Telescopic artificial satellites, dozens of geostationary satellites, visible ISS passes and Sun/Moon transits

  • Hundreds of asteroids

Non-Recommended Imaging Targets in an Urban Environment

  • Dark Nebula (horsehead, coalsack, snake, etc)

  • Wide star fields

  • Extended nebula such as the NA, California, Veil, etc (unless using a dual or tri-band filter)

  • Galaxies (brighter ones exempted)

  • Comet tails (comas OK)

  • Aurora

The White Zone

An Urban Astronomer's Light Pollution Guide to Balcony Imaging

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