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All Inclusive DEVA Day Night Environment
#1
While searching for new events and reviewing fond memories of the Las Vegas Astronomical Society's star gazing in DEVA of which I've been lucky enough to attend three, I rediscovered this really cool link for those following "Dark Skies" and other conditions. What do you all think of the data available?

http://www.lvastronomy.com/index.php/obs...ath-valley

I'm so missing DEVA having not been since the Fall and can't get back until May of this year.  Huh
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#2
Thanks for sharing the link. As much as I love Death Valley, we're spoiled rotten in Northern Nevada with much darker skies. Going camping next weekend and hoping to catch a bit of the Lyrids meteor shower.

Do you have your plans to visit DV in May dialed in already? It'll be great getting back out there!
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#3
The chart appears to be based on valid scientific data. If you are observing from DV, try Dante's View instead of FC. It's a mile higher and, hence, a mile less air to see through.
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(2021-04-07, 10:41 AM)TacoLand Wrote: Thanks for sharing the link. As much as I love Death Valley, we're spoiled rotten in Northern Nevada with much darker skies. Going camping next weekend and hoping to catch a bit of the Lyrids meteor shower.

Do you have your plans to visit DV in May dialed in already? It'll be great getting back out there!

I too love Northern Nevada and the Black Rock Desert and hope you see some cool meteorite light shows. Still trying to dial in a date for DEVA return which is frustrating.

(2021-04-07, 04:16 PM)trailhound Wrote: The chart appears to be based on valid scientific data.  If you are observing from DV, try Dante's View instead of FC.  It's a mile higher and, hence, a mile less air to see through.

Agree about Dante's View. A few years ago I had my spotting scope for a full moon rise from Dante's View and shared it with several visitors who got a thrill out seeing the Moon like that.
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#5
Here's a pretty good dark sky map of the world:
https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/

And, TacoLand, there's a quote in here from me (!) about a little bit of work I did with Friends of Nevada Wilderness on protecting dark sky viewsheds:

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2019/apr/14...ds-darkes/

Ironically, I had the conversation with the reporter on that one while out hiking some place near St. George, UT Smile

I "discovered" north eastern Nevada because the views of the Earth from space at night showed few light sources, and hence suggested solitude. I sure got it there!
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(Yesterday, 07:50 AM)MojaveGeek Wrote: Here's a pretty good dark sky map of the world:
https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/

Thanks for that link.  Very interesting.  Our NY house shows more light pollution than I expected, yet I can see the Milky way quite nicely on many night.  Yet, our HI house shows a darker sky, yet I've not seen the Milky Way as easily.

Our son's house in Keeler is even better, but PSR and much of Death Valley are the best.

I guess I know where to see my best sky views!

David Bricker / SYR
DV Rat.  Live upstate NY, play Death Valley, retiring to Hawaii. '95 Cherokee, barely.
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