Several factors affect stargazing. Cloud cover is the most common deterrent. Also, conditions like transparency, referring to the clarity in the sky, affect your ability to see the night sky. The stability of the atmosphere also plays a significant role in stargazing.
- Move away from city lights and turn off lights in your vicinity.
- Invest in a red flashlight so you maintain your night vision in the dark.
- Stargazing is at its best on crisp, clear winter nights when the moon is in the crescent or gibbous phase.
- Get a star chart or app to alert you to which stars to find.
- Get up high to avoid city lights and visual obstacles.