The night sky is under attack. Are pristine dark skies still available? Are there any within easy reach of southern Wisconsin? For the past six years, I have been lucky enough to spend several weeks each summer traveling the western US in search of dark, remote and beautiful locations for purposes of camping, hiking and night-sky photography. This presentation will focus on issues related to locating the remaining dark sky enclaves that can be found within the continental United States (including right here around southern Wisconsin), and some of the logistical and planning issues involved in getting to them. I will also show a selection of night-sky shots obtained from some of my favorite dark-sky destinations.
John Rummel is a former president of the Madison Astronomical Society, a retired psychologist, and an avid astrophotographer who has been featured on local television productions including “Wisconsin Life” on WHA.