I've spent the last 3 years imaging from the end of my driveway, no more than 10' from the street. I don't feel comfortable having an expensive (to me) setup unattended for 3 hours while images are being captured (so I rarely have). Tired of obstructions from trees and power lines. It's time to move (I'm retired).
So I've been looking for something in Bortle 2 areas. For that, I've found parcel sizes to mostly be 10 acres and higher. Of course I don't want to be 50 miles away in the 'middle of nowhere'. What I have found, for that there is always a small town (100 to 1000 pop.) So I select properties, based on various light pollution maps, outside the town a ways that according to the light pollution maps, IS in Bortle 2.
Yes, I will be doing a road trip to actually see for myself (who knows, there could be a 'neighbor' within a 1000' or so that doesn't care about light pollution)
Being that these properties are 1000 miles away, and the potential properties themselves may be separated by a few hundred miles, I need an idea how to screen where I am going to go. Should I just trust the light pollution maps that show a property to be in the 2 zone regardless of distance from 'town' (the light pollution center). Or should I consider some 'formula' that suggests something like stay at least 5 miles from a town of 100, 20 miles from populations of 1000, 50 miles from population of 10,000?