Dark Sky Finder

Dark Sky Finder

By Skidmore Properties, LLC

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2012-08-01
  • Current Version: 2.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 50.29 MB
  • Developer: Skidmore Properties, LLC
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS 5.1.1
Score: 4
From 43 Ratings


+ FEATURED IN ASTRONOMY MAGAZINE + Get away from the city's bright glow and head out to dark skies, where the Milky Way shines with countless stars overhead. Dark Sky Finder helps you locate nearby dark skies to take a telescope, watch a meteor shower, or simply relax under the stars. See light pollution maps of the ENTIRE WORLD, along with dots that indicate good observing locations. Anyone can add a good observation site — for instance, a public park with no bright lights — and write a few words about it to help other people in the area looking for a dark location. ** KEY FEATURES ** • Light Pollution Map: Overlaid on top of the standard map, satellite, or hybrid. Covers the entire world. • Dark Sites: Escape to dark skies in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Includes user reviews, directions, and information on sky conditions, important notes, parking, fees, bathrooms, camping, weather, and much more. • Add a Dark Site: Make a contribution by adding a dark site for everyone to enjoy. • Clear Sky Charts: Finds the nearest Clear Sky Chart to pull in information on transparency, seeing, and other conditions relevant to telescope observers. • Bortle Scale: Tap on the map legend to toggle between the Bortle Scale and basic scale. Read more about the Bortle Scale for measuring light pollution in the About tab. ** SUPPORT & FEEDBACK ** Send an email to james@skidmoreapps.com for support or to give feedback on the app. Feedback is always appreciated!



  • Little Value

    By BravoFoxtrot76
    This app provides a light pollution map and a handful of random dark sites. You can find more current light pollution maps online for free. The dark sites listed in my state don’t appear to be public or part of any astronomy club. More like someone’s back yard. Save your $2 and google the information that you need.
  • Doesn’t let you save places

    By TDLphoto.com
    I wish it would let you save favorites.
  • Missing Address Geo Query

    By Mustard_Tree
    Great app. Needs the ability to either query grid coordinates or mailing addresses, or add the ability to drop pins via a coordinate inputted by the user.
  • Excellent

    By Brucer2again
    A necessary app for anyone trying to locate dark skies for astronomical viewing
  • Love this app!

    By Drove19
    Please update the app! I do not want to lose it because y'all last updated in Aug 2015. Thanks
  • Works well

    By Mark H-L
    This app quickly shows me the sky brightness at each location. Worth the money. It works well on my iPad mini and iPhone 6 base model. The brightness shown in the app matches my experience of a site, so I trust its predictions for a site that I have not visited
  • A needed application for amateur astronomer!

    By Porsche Mom
    The layout makes sense and the app runs smooth! The only thing I would like is if the map was more realistic, like Google earth. (The Mercator projection makes me laugh) Although I don't know how hard this would be to code, or if it's even possible. (It is of course not a necessity.)
  • Very good app!

    By ateallthecupcakes
    It does what I need it to do. Layout is a bit plain but it does the job! But I think there should be another update for new dark sites.🌌
  • Could be good, but no longer supported?

    By Guster11
    The map itself is accurate and it has useful sites, but the bugs make it not worthwhile. If you click on anymore than one dark sky site for more info the app crashes, every time. Plus the app support page leads to a domain for sale and this app hasn't been touched since 2014, sure looks like these bugs aren't getting fixed. Don't get this unless it's updated.
  • Helpful but buggy

    By ZigZagLens
    Some decent information here but it's very dated (some of it several years old.) Making it worse, the app hasn't been updated in a year and crashes frequently.