What is best time for Star gazing ?
- December to February
- Early Winter or Early Spring provides you cloudless nights (preferably with little or no moon.
- Summers could be too hot, Winter nights could be too cold, as example Harishchandragad top experienced 5~6 degrees temperatures
Which are best locations near Pune for star gazing ?
Star glazing needs super darkness in the environment and obviously such sites are way far from city lights where the sky views are poor due to glares …
- Village Kasarsai in Mavwal (~16 kms from Chinchwad) – Organizer website link for RainBow Island
- Village Pusane in Mawal (~20 kms away from Chinchwad)
- Harishchandragad via Pachnai
- Raireshwar fort
- Bhamburde village near Lonavala
- Kelve Road which is three stations after Virar on Western Railway
- Vangani near Karjat
- Mamnoli, near Kalyan
What do you expect to learn ?
- What is Star
- Birth and death of a star
- Meaning by Constellation
- Meaning of Nebula
- Meaning of Cluster
- About Galaxy
Things to carry for Star Gazing
- The usual binoculars and small telescopes
- Big 10″ or above telescopes will be normally arranged by organizers
- A star-map (actual print)
- A tablet/laptop with Stellarium App
- One small (dim) torch for reading
- One big torch for other purpose
- Celestron astromaster Reflecting Telescope (available online)
- Telescopes on Amazon
Last Sunday I had beed to Harishchandragad for night camping and took some beautiful sky photographs, but I also remember attending event organized by Khagol Vishwa in co-ordination with Vishwa Scientific and Rotary Club, Chinchwad, to celebrate “International Year of Astronomy” & experience what Galileo saw the same day but 400 years back 🙂
Here are some tips and suggested information with locations for weekend camping near Pune
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