I suggest you ...

Add a map so we can find places nearby easier.

Just a map, kind of like the Dark Sky Finder map, but with the option to input a date and time, a little like how on Google Earth you can adjust the time in ground view to see what the sky is supposed to look like. It'd be a huge help in finding a good place nearby rather than figuring out the zip code for random places!

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    Jenn shared this idea  ·   ·  Admin →
    AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) responded  · 

    Interesting idea. Is the goal with this to compare different places to see where you have the best bet? Or is the goal to simply quickly find a forecast for wherever you are right now? Or am I completely misunderstanding (if so, please forgive me).

    Thanks for the feedback!

    Daniel

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      • Eric commented  · 

        Dan - very cool - best bets within x miles from home....

      • AdminDan Price (Lead Developer, GetOutCast) commented  · 

        That makes sense, I've always been looking at single locations and never needed to compare two to see which gives me the best bet.

        I think I am going to have difficult generating a map at the moment because of how the calculations are run. (But something that I think may make sense to change so that I could do this in the future).

        However, perhaps I could get you what you are after an easier way and relatively soon. First, a release that should be going out any day now will show a high level summary for a single location - letting you quickly discover how each day compares to the other and when the absolute best time is.

        Here is a screenshot that hopefully makes sense:
        https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=7F07097CE1962B86&id=7F07097CE1962B86!64210&v=3&authkey=!AOaDflFZY1ut-Ys

        Would it help if this same high level overview allowed you to select multiple locations (how many do you need?) and get the same output? Letting you know the best hour, best time each day along with which location was best?

        This would be something I believe I could make for your relatively easily.

        Thank you so much for your help,

        Daniel

      • Jenn commented  · 

        More so for quickly comparing different places, like on this map, but with the weather and rating system you guys have factored in: http://www.jshine.net/astronomy/dark_sky/

        I've basically had your site, the above link, Google Maps, and Google Earth open to switch between for the last few times I've needed to find a place, and that can get really chaotic, so it'd be so great to only have to visit one page to find great astrophotography spots.

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