My main viewing location is set in the Chiltern Hills, about 30 miles from London.
It’s far enough away from major towns to have reasonable semi-rural light pollution and the site’s well screened with trees around. This has the benefit of cutting the ambient light from the neighbourhood at the cost of imposing a minimum altitude of about 15 degrees above the horizon for observations. Visibility is best in the arc running from the East to the South-West. Directly North is pretty good too.
My main complaint is that seeing nights are too few and far between. Looking at my observing diary, it seems I’ve been able to get out perhaps once every ten nights or so in the last year – this frequency is in no small part due to my patient wife!
Author: © Martin Veasey 2015 – 2019