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Could personal telescopes be connected to create one large continental array?

I have just purchased my first telescope and during my research as to what telescope to buy, I discovered that for about $5000 you could buy a telescope that is as powerful as the big telescopes made just a few years ago that have greatly contributed to our knowledge of the universe. Could these telescopes with the computer and internet connection be coordinated to single point in space at a specific date and time and function like a continental telescope array?

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  • Sep 10 2013: This is a reply to Edward Long's question.

    The source of the light pollution will be sunlight that is reflected off of the Earth. The Earth is roughly 4 times the diameter of the moon and reflected light from it will be roughly 16 times as bright assuming that the Earth and Moon have about the same albedo (reflectivity).

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