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Manish Konakanchi

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Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« on: December 28, 2017, 07:19:29 PM »
Hi everyone.I have a project that I have been working on for the past 2 months. My goal was to make the best website for light pollution maps.  DarkSiteFinder.com I use light pollution data that has been around for awhile but most of it has never been combined with Google Maps before. All the maps on this site are full screen, searchable, and the overlay can be toggled on and off. There is a 15 color light pollution map of the United States from Dave Lorenz that some may find more useful than the 8 color. Besides the US, light pollution data is now easily viewable for almost any place in the world. The data from the  Light Pollution Science and Technology Institute has been available for years but I'm not aware of any other websites that made it all easily viewable. Also on the site I included some links and information about how to reduce light pollution. I'm planning to have a section that will have an extensive list of observing sites. But that will remain under construction for awhile longer as I try to find a way to integrate some useful features.Please let me know how you like the website and if you have any suggestions to make it better.



Stephen Gupta

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 12:51:09 PM »
I like it. Nice job Kevin!  Not quite sure what to make of the variance in colour from the google overlay as 3 of the 4 sites I might normally visit show as darker in your version. Talking about Ontario,Canada about 300 miles north of Toronto, 150 miles East of Toronto and the north shore of lake Erie. Eric

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 09:28:55 PM »
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I like it. Nice job Kevin!  Not quite sure what to make of the variance in colour from the google overlay as 3 of the 4 sites I might normally visit show as darker in your version. Talking about Ontario,Canada about 300 miles north of Toronto, 150 miles East of Toronto and the north shore of lake Erie.

Eric
Glad you like it. If you are looking at the 2001 map that one subtracts the effects of snow cover. Snow reflects light and shows as an increase in light pollution on the 1996/1997 map.

Ghassan Pham

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017, 09:33:00 AM »
Thanks, Kevin.  Look forward to lots of sites populating your page(s).

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 05:29:42 PM »
Kevin.... I like 15 Color map and great job!!!!

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 06:39:01 PM »
Would their be any reason why the light pollution map wouldn't show up on an IPad? I can get the map ( underlay) to show up fine but no light pollution map.Any thoughts? Or is this something you already are aware of? I would love to take a look at your maps!

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 01:37:37 AM »
Kevin, that's amazing work. So far, it seems to be pretty accurate for my area. Thank you so much.

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 05:44:45 AM »
Thanks Kevin. Great tool for planning.

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2018, 07:13:33 AM »
Thanks!   Used it to find two NY State Parks about an hour away that are both close to the dark end of the scale. I've visited both before during the daytime, and they have good open areas for observing, so I plan on going to both on a future dark night.

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 08:42:22 PM »
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Would their be any reason why the light pollution map wouldn't show up on an IPad? I can get the map ( underlay) to show up fine but no light pollution map.

Any thoughts? Or is this something you already are aware of? I would love to take a look at your maps!
Sorry I didn't really optimize the website for mobile devices. I don't have an Ipad to test with either. Maybe someday I'll learn how to build an app though.

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 04:19:47 AM »
Ok no worries... Thanks for the reply!

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2018, 11:29:18 AM »
Very cool. I like it and it seems to represent the sites I go to pretty accurately save one.  Excellent job. Are we going to be able to post our personal observing areas on there if we want?

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2018, 12:21:28 AM »
Nice user-friendly site, with a calendar of some useful upcoming events? What's not to like? BOOKMARKED!Thank you for this effort.

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2018, 09:36:44 AM »
Kevin, I've been using DarkSiteFinder.com for about a week and I really like it!  Thank you so much for the effort, I hope your goal is achieved too.  Mike

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Re: Introducing DarkSiteFinder.com
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2018, 11:33:37 AM »
Have to add my Thank You as well. Dark Skies in Ohio...not enough & far away. Semi dark skies much closer and a heck of a lot better than suburban Dayton skies.