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    Default Does anyone know of any truly dark sky sites... Bortle dark... skies near Toronto?



    I miss our family cottage on Lake Catchacoma... hence my name. I recall fabulous evenings of looking at the sky . So I've been looking at the Light Pollution map and am very intrigued to go spend a weekend at a truly Bortle scale 8 or 9. If anyone has suggestions I'd be pleased to hear about them... thanks..

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    Default Re: Does anyone know of any truly dark sky sites... Bortle dark... skies near Toronto

    OK, I think you may have the scale reversed. I'm hoping that what you want is a sky which is Bortle 1-2. Bortle 9 is inner-city sky (miserable).

    For finding that dark site you will likely be best served to contact and join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Toronto Centre: RASC Toronto | Astronomy and space events, observing the night sky from Toronto, GTA and Southern Ontario They should be a great resource in this regard.

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    Default Re: Does anyone know of any truly dark sky sites... Bortle dark... skies near Toronto

    The Lennox and Addington site has a good reputation as being reasonably dark and still close to the cities: Dark Sky Viewing Area.

    The Bruce Peninsula is not especially close to TO, but it has probably the closest truly dark skies.

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    Hope you can find a nice and dark place relatively close to your city. I live now under a Bortle 5 sky and feel much luckier that I can see the milky way with my own eyes.


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    OK, I think you may have the scale reversed. I'm hoping that what you want is a sky which is Bortle 1-2. Bortle 9 is inner-city sky (miserable )

    I did not feel that miserable on my Bortle 9 skies...just very chellenged .

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    Default Re: Does anyone know of any truly dark sky sites... Bortle dark... skies near Toronto

    As KeithBC said..check out the The Lennox and Addington site..maybe 3 hrs from you..but it has a washroom and some people
    stay in Napanee at a motel. IF you are in for roughing it..the Irvine Lake airstrip, near Bon Echo is an excellent site in the woods..but no services.
    Bugs can be bad..many people wait till the fall season to observe there.
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    Default Re: Does anyone know of any truly dark sky sites... Bortle dark... skies near Toronto

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    Default Re: Does anyone know of any truly dark sky sites... Bortle dark... skies near Toronto

    Wow! Thank you... I'm very excited to go to the The Lennox and Addington Dark Sky Site - 199 Kms - 1 Hr 56 Mins, for me... !! And the Irvine Lake Airstrip - 256 Kms - 2 Hrs 56 Mins for me... sounds super, really would be amazing I'm sure. Good advice to wait till Fall... no bugs.. Things are lookin up!

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    Default Re: Does anyone know of any truly dark sky sites... Bortle dark... skies near Toronto

    Catchacomaone - I've been to both L&A and Torrance Barrens and like them both a lot. L&A is very easy to get to and has a decent parking lot - careful of using your headlights when you arrive tho

    If you go to Torrance Barrens, do your research on where it is - it's not particularly easy to find in the dark and parking has room for maybe 5 cars. Some will drive in deeper but that can really anger people inside as do the people who decide to light a bonfire.

    Given the choice of the two, Torrance Barrens is my preference - while there is some risk of wildlife, if you do some night photography, the pond makes for a beautiful terrestrial foreground. L&A has scared me away once one night thanks to the sound of several howling wolves close by.

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    Catchacomaone - I've been to both L&A and Torrance Barrens and like them both a lot. L&A is very easy to get to and has a decent parking lot - careful of using your headlights when you arrive tho

    If you go to Torrance Barrens, do your research on where it is - it's not particularly easy to find in the dark and parking has room for maybe 5 cars. Some will drive in deeper but that can really anger people inside as do the people who decide to light a bonfire.

    Given the choice of the two, Torrance Barrens is my preference - while there is some risk of wildlife, if you do some night photography, the pond makes for a beautiful terrestrial foreground. L&A has scared me away once one night thanks to the sound of several howling wolves close by.
    nothing like the sound of wolves and coyotes to make you turn away from the eyepiece !
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    Default Re: Does anyone know of any truly dark sky sites... Bortle dark... skies near Toronto

    Hah back then I was a camera on a tripod. I folded those legs in and put it in the back of the truck pdq!

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