- Sep 16, 2015
+1You don't really need a very dark place to see the Milky Way. I can see it out here not too far out of town, and sometimes in town if I'm on the hills above the city lights. We also have a south facing shoreline, and observing over the ocean has lots of advantages, so seeing the Milky Way in the summer is not too uncommon for us. One underappreciated aspect of observational astronomy (as opposed to astrophotography) is viewer experience and training. Over time, you learn how to see things better that you may not have seen when you're beginning. Seeing the Milky Way with your naked eye is not one of those things that's hard to see, but it helps to have a knowledgeable friend with a laser pointer and it will suddenly appear for you.
Once we can mingle again, try to find a local astronomy club and go to one of their star parties. You can look through $$$$ scopes and more importantly learn the night sky: they're always happy to show new people the hobby, and it tends to be a friendly (and older) crowd.