I live in a bright red location in Dark Sky Finder in North Dakota, but can get to a dark grey (2nd darkest on the map) in 30 miles. Haven't made a trip yet though due to the weather, and quite frankly not having a clue where to set up that is safe and allowed. Any advice on this part? When I had my binoculars, I would just drive on a county road for ten miles until it was pitch black, get out of the car on the side of the 2 lane road, and observe. But with a telescope and other gear, I'm not sure exactly how to approach this.
I would imagine scouting out locations in the daytime is necessary, but then you also need to know what they look like at night. Public vs. private property, getting permission, etc. Just wondering if anyone has any good advice on how to begin approaching this as I have access to some phenomenal viewing areas, but don't want to get approached in the middle of the night by god knows who either.