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    Default Extreme moves?



    No No, I am not considering it (well I am but I know it's not going to happen!)
    Has anyone ever moved home specifically for the only reason to find better skies?
    If so, where to?
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    Default Re: Extreme moves?

    If i would ever move it would only be about 40km to a bortle 2 sky south from me.
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    Default Re: Extreme moves?

    Well, kind-of.

    We lived on the west coast for eight years, under Bortle-3 skies. I loved it there, but my wife got homesick for her native Nova Svotia, so we moved. My price for moving was that I need dark skies and an observatory.

    We picked a gorgeous house in the least-populated part of the province. We chose the area for the Bortle-2 skies, and I built my observatory there. But it was a closed culture: outsiders were welcomed (the people were friendly enough), but they would always be outsiders. Adults could not learn the language (Acadian French, which is not like the French you might have learned in school!) because it was only taught to children in the home. We felt pretty isolated, so we went house-hunting again.

    We found a place within a half-hour drive of a civilized university town. The reason we stayed well out of town was for the dark skies, Bortle-3. There is a "mountain" (in name only: it's really just a hill) between us and the town lights, so on transparent nights, the sky is pretty dark. On less transparent nights, I get a light dome in the southeast. BTW, I took the observatory with me on that move. Picked it up on a flatbed trailer and had it hauled here.

    Both moves were for other reasons than dark skies. But in both cases, dark skies factored heavily into the choice of location.
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    Default Re: Extreme moves?

    Not truly because of,

    but the last move from the Aisch flat land, 22 years ago, won one Bortle,
    and 20 minutes to drive, I win nearly one Bortle more.

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    Default Re: Extreme moves?

    I haven't......YET! However it won't only be for the darker skies, but many other factors rolled up in a bundle. But the dark skies and climate are a major factor in my location decision. Yep Yep...one day I'll pack up and head off to New Mexico!
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    Default Re: Extreme moves?

    One thing is for sure for me, our next house is not going to have a lot of trees!
    I can definitely see us making a move specifically for dark sky when I retire though.
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    Yes, searched the western US and settled on present site in rural village of retired folks with clear skies, sun, golf course, boating, fishing, hunting and 60 miles to any population.

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    Default Re: Extreme moves?

    I'd move in flash, but career and family are going to keep me here for several more years. I have considered buying a small piece of land in the boonies, but anything less than a Bortle 4 is at least a 4-hour drive away, which is not practical as long as I'm working full time.

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    I considered buying a home or a lot in the Eastern Sierras but as a second home it is just not practical. Since it is 4 hours away and I have a daytime job I could be there just one weekend a month so it would have to be rented out to make any financial sense. And then it is just as easy to go to a BLM campground, saves me a lot of trouble furnishing and maintaining the place too. When I retire I will definitely consider moving to dark skies.
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    Default Re: Extreme moves?

    I didn't move to where I am because of the dark skies, but it was a factor in my decision. As well as its being on top of what we call a mountain here, at 2,000' above sea level and its large, mostly unobstructed view of the sky. I enjoyed growing up in a very rural area and wanted to be out in the sticks, away from what passes for civilization. This was a good choice considering my lifestyle and other interests and I've been happy with my decision over the past 30 years. Now if I could just do something about all the clouds.
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