The Best places for Astronomy & Astrophotography

AstroSpots.com is an idea born out of passion. The goal is to create a GLOBAL database of the best location for stargazing, astronomy and astrophotography. Spots to observe and explore the wonders of the universe under a dark sky.

AstroSpots.com is for all passionate about amazing world of Cosmos. It's for all who wants to know and discover more, this is the place for you!

Find stargazing passion inside you and help initiate it in next generations. Let's start to explore the cosmos under the dark sky together with us. JOIN US!

WHY DARK SKY IS IMPORTANT?

The dark sky is everywhere, covered with millions of stars that can be seen with the naked eye. So why we cannot see it from the city anymore? It's because of man-made artificial light contaminate the vault and interfere with observations. That’s why nowadays, these places are very difficult to find.

Passionate astronomy, astrophotographers, and astronomers often have to drive away from cities many kilometers in search of truly dark sky spot, and in some cases, it is still not enough. Artificial light illuminates the sky so much that the vast majority of humanity can no longer see the Milky Way, the undeniable source of inspiration for many discoveries. Did you know that 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans – can’t see Milky Way any more?

How is your sky – is it dark enough?

ASTROSPOTS Features

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Our ambitious goal is to create an international map of dark sky spots - that will serve both amateurs and professionals.

To create a practical tool, the map offers many interesting functions that should help locate a spot for observation.
And we are constantly working to introduce new features to you, to make the application as useful as possible.

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Filters

Filtering spots by distance

Filtering spots by Bortle scale value

Filtering spots by type

Filtering ranking by country

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World artificial Light Pollution

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ISS Live Location

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View spots details, reviews, and comments

Search locations on the map

Social media spot link sharing

Adding Spots

Editing Spots

Reviews

Comments

Get directionsnew

Forecasts

72 eather forecastnew

Stargazing opportunity calculationsnew

Filters

Filtering spots by distance

Filtering spots by Bortle scale value

Filtering spots by type

Filtering ranking by country

Views

World artificial Light Pollution

View NASA Earth at night 2016

View NASA Earth at night 2012

ISS Live Location

Sun Location

Clouds Forecast

Calendar

Astronomical Events

Resources

Access to shared files and freebiesnew

BORTLE SCALE

Many astronomical objects and phenomena require perfect observation conditions for high accuracy of all their subtle features. To check if our location meets minimum night sky's brightness requirements for observation of specific objects we can use a Bortle scale, a 9-point estimation scale, which was created in February 2001 by John E. Bortle.

The scale is extremely useful for comparing and assessing observation sites. The graphic below shows an approximation of how the sky is classified according to a scale according to the number of objects visible in the sky


≤ 4.0 Mag.
CLASS 9

4.0–4.49 Mag.
CLASS 8
City sky

4.5–4.99 Mag.
CLASS 7
Suburban/urban transition

5.0–5.49 Mag.
CLASS 6
Bright suburban sky

5.5–5.99 Mag.
CLASS 5
Suburban sky

6.0–6.49 Mag.
CLASS 4
Rural/suburban transition

6.5–6.99 Mag.
CLASS 3 Rural sky

7.0–7.49 Mag.
CLASS 2
Typical truly dark

≥ 7.5 Mag.
CLASS 1
Excellent dark-sky
Fig.1. Symbolic representation of Bortle scale with values and naked eye visibility limit ( icon ).