Looking for Dark Observing Places: Satellite Data and SQM Measurements

Looking for Dark Observing Places: Satellite Data and SQM Measurements
Andreas Haenel (Osnabr¨uck Planetarium)
How helpful are the DMSP satellite pictures and Cinzano’s light pollution maps to find dark observing places in Europe? Since the last symposium, in Vienna, I have visited potentially dark observing places in nature parks in the Austrian Alps, the Eifel, Westhavelland and additional places in Southern France and Spain. Measurements with the SQM and a DSLR are compared with the light pollution maps. The feasibility of nature parks in densely populated regions will be discussed.

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