Quote:Last year I wrote a web application that uses the Google Maps API & a map of North American light pollution from the Dark Sky Association to provide a guide to potential dark observing sites in the US. I also incorporated a database where users could mark & annotate their own favorite sites:http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/I do think it's a potentially useful resource though, and I'd hate to see it languish.
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Quote: [LIST]Have you approached Atilla Danko, of the Clear Sky Chart? It seems right up his alley.
Quote:Very nice I did something like this for the UK last year but it didnt really work out very well. I had problems with overlaying the images so they would be over the correct parts of the country. I thought it may have been a projection issue as I think I was using a satelite image.Like thishttp://www.roe.ac.uk/roe/support/pr/pressreleases/070117-darkskylaunch/darksky01.jpgDid you encounter simmilar problems with your implementation?Alex
Quote:Quote: [LIST]Have you approached Atilla Danko, of the Clear Sky Chart? It seems right up his alley. I'll look into this.
Quote:Oh yes. The other obvious organization to approach is Google itself. They have no shortage of programmers!
Quote:in principle these maps could be updated each year without much trouble
Quote:I've thought of taking that job on myself; all the underlying data is in the public domain. But the task is really pretty overwhelming.
Quote:FWIW I run my own co-located server with unlimited transit, even IPv6 connectivity. It backs up nightly to a server on the west coat.So, if this still needs a home, I'd happily give it a virtual host./dale
Quote:Great! Now I know what Bortle the Poconos are in, a very nice dark yellow, about2 2-3 scales darker then me!
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Quote:Last year I wrote a web application that uses the Google Maps API & a map of North American light pollution from the Dark Sky Association to provide a guide to potential dark observing sites in the US.
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Quote:You are correct...the vertical line east/west line is very significant. There is no geographical reason for this.
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