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Old February 5 2013, 04:05 PM   #1
How bad is my light pollution?

I'm meant to be around a 6 on the Bortle scale:

(right in the middle there) The problem is, this thing below gives off a LOT of light pollution which probably makes half the sky at least a 7 or 8:

And this is the result, from a couple of miles away:

I believe this is meant to be Orion:

And a bit of what I think is the Milky Way overhead. This looks far, far worse than what a 6 should be on the bortle scale:

These were all taken with a 15 second exposure, so there are probably some stars in there that I couldn't actually see with the naked eye. I actually wonder how useful the bortle scale is if I'm not using a telescope or binoculars?
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