So the story goes that I bought my first telescope after having a lifelong interest in wanting to explore the night sky and then my daughter was born a few months after. Before I learned how to use my new 8in cassegrain sleep became so very important and my interest in the night sky was put on hold. Years later after moving to the Bay Area I met Paolo Nicosia who showed me how to stick my dslr camera onto the back of my scope and I was struck with the astrophotography bug. Since then he and I have had a friendly arms race to upgrade and hunt the night sky as often as the skies are clear and the moon is new. This site is the spot we've dedicated to chronicle our pursuit of exploring the night sky and documenting the remote places or islands where truly dark skies remain free of light pollution. Our hope is that these Dark Sky Islands can be shared and possibly preserved so that others might want to venture out and enjoy the night sky.
MAson Hall & Paolo Nicosia
Recently I've become fascinated by the entire process of the amteur astrophotgraphy or "nightscaping" as a pursuit. The act of seeking out dark skies, staying up all night in remote locations many times by yourself, hunting deep sky objects, slowing visualizing what's in the night sky, grappling with the technology, all of the various aspects of planning that have to come together for a single photo or timelapse form this discipline that seems crazy to most who can't get past the staying up all night aspect. I've made this activity part of my monthly routine, partly because of my love for it but also because I'm convinced it helps reset me mindset. Even if I don't get the photo I want the experience of pursuing that photo seems to disrupt my daily routine and give me time to contemplate my place in the universe, something that is often pushed to the back burner.