Light Pollution Maps
Look up at night in the citysee that glow? That's light pollution. Light pollution maps of the entire world are overlaid on top of the standard, satellite, or hybrid map. Dark Sky Finder includes the most recent light pollution data compiled by David Lorenz.
Escape to dark skies in 1,000+ locations around the world. These dark sites are indicated by pindrops on the map in Dark Sky Finder. Each site includes user reviews, directions, and information on sky conditions, important notes, parking, fees, bathrooms, camping, weather, and much more.
Add/Edit Dark Sites
Users can make a contribution by adding or editing a dark site for everyone to enjoy. Once a user visits a site, they can also leave a review.
Clear Sky Charts
Finds the nearest Clear Sky Chart* to pull in information on transparency, seeing, and other conditions relevant to telescope observers.
Tap on the map legend to toggle between the Bortle Scale and a more basic scale. Read more about the Bortle Scale for measuring light pollution in the About tab.
Support & Feedback
For support or to give feedback, get in touch by clicking Contact above. You will receive a prompt response, usually in a few minutes to an hour. Feedback is always appreciated!
* Dark Sky Finder is not affiliated with Clear Sky Charts.
Dark Sky Finder is available as a Universal Appone purchase for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
Dark Sites Database
Many thanks are due to Jonathan Tomshine for the resources and assistance he provided, including the large initial database of dark sky sites.
Light Pollution Map (2006)
Another huge thanks are owed to David Lorenz, who created and published the 2006 light pollution maps for the entire world. His website can be found here.
Clear Sky Charts
Thank you to Attilla Danko for the wonderful resource he built for astronomers.
Many of the features in this app are a result of the beta testers' hard work. This app would not be the same without the time they put into reviewing it and suggesting improvements.
Special thanks to:
McKenzie Skidmore, Rob Campbell, Tom Karpf, and Syed Saifullah
Florin Andrei, Jason Brown, Marco Calderon, David Cushing, Terry Fishlock, Jeffrey Fox, Mark Friedman, Kevin Gilliland, Jordan Gonzales, Lisa Grams, Drew Jolesch, Tanya Mendenhall, Dwane Miles, Jack Murtha, Mike Rector, Alfredo Viegas
The dark sites listed in this app are added and maintained by the public community. These sites are NOT reviewed in person or endorsed by Dark Sky Finder or Skidmore Apps (Skidmore Properties, LLC). Skidmore Apps does not verify the accuracy of any information listed with each dark site contained in the app.