Im heading on out to Nepal for christmas and new years between 19th december - 9th january and dont really have a plan :0)
I've got a friend who lives in Pokhara so will aim to spend New years there but am looking to travel around a bit also.
Being a city boy one thing I've always wanted to see is the night sky with no light pollution and i'm pretty sure nepal is a good place to do that but If you have any idea on a good place/trekk etc to do this It would be most helpfull.
Send me a message if your out there at the same time and maybe we could have a few beers
Have fun in your travels
[ Edit: Edited on 24-Nov-2009, at 15:22 by dannycae ]
Good to know that you traveling to Nepal to celebrate the Christmas and new year 2010. If you are here for few weeks, i would suggest you to make village tour which locates west Pokhara or near Pokhara because Nepal has such a wonderful and beauty nature,you will never meet any other country. Or still you could visit to Gorkha after meeting your friend in Pokhara where you will have clean sky and you may view lots of stars at the night time and all the you will face clean and best weather. Please write here for further assist. Thanks
A pair of binoculars will make a real difference. 7x50 is OK, where things are brought 7x nearer and the light comes through 50 mm lens. More magnification will make no difference with stars and means a darker image. Your eyes take time to adjust to darkness. A torch with a bit of red cellophane over it helps find your way about in pitch blackness without losing your night sight.
Get yourself a map/book of constellations and other objects in the sky. The Andromeda Galaxy appears as a faint cloud (even with a big telescope you need long time exposures for detail) and is the furthest thing you can see, at over two million light years away. I have a pair of 20x80 binoculars which show good detail in the milky way, which is a cross section of our galaxy
Try to get Down Under sometime. A whole new lot of stars and on a completely clear night you can see a tiny cloud in the sky. It's the Large Magellanic Cloud, a cluster of a billion stars outside our galaxy.