There are many advantages for people observing through a telescope throughout Australia.
POPULATION AND LIGHT POLLUTION
- the nature of Australia's sparsly populated, wide areas gives credence to the fact a telescope
owner can get away from the majority of city lights
(light pollution) very easily which influences
how much can be seen through a telescope and in what detail. Telescopes can still be
used from the backyard like
anywhere in the world, but when you think about how bright
the stars are just outside the city, it is well worth the trip every now and then to capture some
of it, time
permitting (the universe is a big place!). In some parts of the world, the night sky
is disappearing due to the light and smog pollution.
- the air is dry which gives steady and clear viewing conditions.
- there are more chances to view owing to a high amount of cloud free days.
- the southern hemisphere has a better variety and an aboundance of sky objects. This
includes two dwarf galaxies from which one had the first recorded
Super-Nova of modern
times. This was found in 1987, hence it name Super-Nova 1987a.
- More new objects are being discovered by backyard telescopes than all of the major
world telescopes. South Australia has one of the best comet hunters
in the world through
- Continuing with Australian conditions, it is also worth mentioning air pollution (smog)
also affects the ability of viewing the night sky.
Australia has relatively low smog pollution.
- Finally on conditions, South Australia's dry, still weather makes it advantageous for
preserving a telescope's mirror reflectivity for longer