There aren't any "official" dark sites around me. I've been to one star party but that's more of a bortle 7-8 meetup. I've spent a good deal of time looking at light pollution maps and there's one direction I can go and get to a bortle-4 or even 3 in less than two hours. Of course no known/advertised stargazing sites around there, but I can just drive into that area and look around for a place off the road to set up. I've done this 3 times, twice coming to a dead end on a long dark country road and setting up there. This last time I tried to go to a county park but it was closed/gated up for the night and I set up in their 20ft driveway in front of the gate. Of course over the night I had 5-6 cars come down the road, probably farmers headed to their nearby houses. Aside from the unfortunate headlights, it's a bit uncomfortable being seen in the middle of nowhere where you clearly don't belong, in the middle of the night, doing something "weird" on the side of the road.
Am I crazy or is anyone/everyone else this "exploratory" in finding sites to set up for several hours?
Given a general vicinity on a map, any tips on finding a space to set up away from lamps, headlights, and trees, where you aren't trespassing in bad faith? I'd love to find a place I can depend on.
Edited by GunArm, 19 August 2019 - 11:50 PM.