Scouting for ISAN v.2 location
Columbus Circle, New York City.
Given its location and the amount of ambient light it is not all that bad for a northeastern to southeastern exposure. Central Park, the foreground when looking opposite this view, is favorable to a low horizon across that eastern view. Saturn and the Moon were unaffected by bright lights. Naked eye limiting magnitude is somewhere between 2.5 and 3.0. The killer is the subway beneath and perhaps all the street traffic that cause a great amount of scope shimmer and shake. For that very reason I'll abandon this spot for the second annual International Sidewalk Astronomy Night on 12 April 2008.