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Quote:I understand that Northwest Illinois near Galena is pretty dark.
At the Starved Rock Star Party someone measured 22 with his Dark Sky Meter with Lens, pointing up. If it was the without lens model it would have been bad. Really dark skies you cannot see more than a yard in front of you.
Quote:The link to the new atlas is here:http://sites.google.com/site/3davel/home/light-pollution/lp2001/gmap
Quote:one place that drew my attention on the new light pollution atlas is the area around Weinberg-King State Park, about 3 miles east of Augusta, IL. This looks like a *very* dark spot, and quite possibly the darkest state park in Illinois. For quick reference, it's about halfway between Macomb and Quincy, IL.
Quote:At the Starved Rock Star Party someone measured 22 with his Dark Sky Meter with Lens, pointing up. If it was the without lens model it would have been bad. Really dark skies you cannot see more than a yard in front of you.
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Quote:Darkness-wise, the area around Weinberg-King wins out. Just barely, but it wins out. Chicago observers might appreciate that it's 100 miles closer than Garden of the Gods, as it's about 250 miles from Chicago to W-K vs. 350 miles to Garden of the Gods.https://sites.google.com/site/3davel/home/light-pollutionGarden of the Gods would *certainly* be the preferable spot in Illinois if it's winter. You'll still get bit by winter in southern Illinois, but its fangs won't quite sink in as deep. You're closer to Memphis than you are to Chicago at that point.Clear Skies,Phil
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Quote:I think it depends on your source data.http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/Notice that on this map, the Shawnee National Forest is the *only* blue zone in the state. - Jim
Quote:Back in the late 80s I lived in Littleton, IL for about 2 years so I'm familiar with WK. It was (haven't been back there for nigh on 15 or so years) a pretty primitive area, although now I understand there are electrical hook ups near the entrance. In any case, would you say the views at WK were better/worse/about the same as your excursion to eastern Iowa? (Both are about the same drive time for me (WK might be 30 mins closer) and I was trying to decide which trip to make...Dan
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