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Connecticut

 

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Town: Litchfield

Observing site: White Memorial Conservation Center

Address:  80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT 06759

Telephone number: (860) 567-0857

URL: http://www.whitememorialcc.org/

Restrictions: None

Directions: From Route 8, take to Route 118 West to Route 202 West in the center of Litchfield.  Stay on Route 202 West for about 2.5 miles to the Conservation Center, which on the left side of the road.  OR from Route 7, take Route 202 East for approximately 8.5 miles to the Conservation Center, now on the right side of the road.   Create a map using Mapquest.com.

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How are the sky conditions? Excellent north, west, and east.  Some light in the south.

 
Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night:
     At the zenith: 6
     East: 5.5
     West: 5-6
     North: 6
     South: 4-5

Best horizon (direction and approximate altitude cut-off): South, approx. 10º, although virtually all horizons are between 10 and 20º.

Worst horizon (direction and approximate altitude cut-off): South, due to light pollution

Comments from contributor: Very good site for deep-sky observing.  The Milky Way is easily visible overhead even with quarter Moon out.  Also houses the Mattatuck Astronomical Society's 17-inch Obsession in roll-off roof observatory.  Public observing nights approximately twice per month, conditions permitting.

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