We work together with the worldwide Globe at Night campaign. The app will deliver your submissions to the researchers at Globe at Night. Note that no personal data is submitted and locations are rounded by 2 decimals (this means that your location is not exactly shown or transmitted, only approximate (50-100m))
Don’t get us wrong. We love the Android platform. But it has a drawback: there are too many different devices with different camera models. That makes it practically impossible to create a reliable dark sky meter.
Android users can use the Loss of the Night app to measure light pollution (using naked eye estimates)
The International Dark sky Association awarded me the 2013 Dark Sky Defender award for my Dark Sky Meter app.
I’m a happy man now 🙂
We are having a great time. Huge websites are linking to our product and promoting the Dark Sky Meter.
The Dark Sky Meter is chosen by CBS as one of the few truely interactive sustainability apps!
Heres the link: http://t.co/Odkbnv3Evj
A great article about the Dark Sky Meter and how its created by Emily Lewis of Scistarter
Thanks a lot for writing these articles!
We are planning to discontinue the Dark Sky Meter Lite product this year. The Dark Sky Meter pro sales do not cover the hosting costs of our back end provider and the lite product generates a lot of extra traffic (we pay for that in our back-end system). The lite users can continue to use their product.
We also will raise the price of the Dark Sky Meter product a little bit to cover the hosting costs. We eventually will put the lite product back in the store for special occasions (like the Globe at Night campaign).
The iPhone 5C has the same sensor as the 5. We will provide a quick update soon, also covering some iOS7 issues like white backgrounds and more.
The 5S has a different camera, as soon as we get hold of this device, and do some testing the app will support the 5S too.
The map on this website is updated frequently (by hand) , the reason is both technical as logical: i always filter out nasty readings (for example SQM>23) and incomplete readings (for example those without location). After that i refresh the database that’s providing the map data.The map shown in your app is always ‘live’.
IDA’s Scott Kardel will hold a talk about our app at the ALAN conference. We are very thankful for that!
The app will provide data to the Globe at Night campaign in 2014. We are very happy to support them.
As the nights become longer in the Northern Hemisphere, the amount of measurements is increasing. Resulting in a great map of sky brightness. Team member Joep has updated the map and grouped the results diflucan tablets buy online.
For now, the map is updated by hand. We scan for bad measurements (eg 22 or higher, or without location). After validation we update the map. Note that in the pro version, the app is really live and you can manage the measurements in the ‘my data’ tab.
A lot of websites, social media, internet forums and the official press release from the IDA triggered a lot of downloads and qualitative data. Thanks for that! Expect a Google map with all the valid readings on our site soon.
This is a snapshot of the data collected. You can see that no personal data is involved. Your GPS location is randomly rounded to 800 Meters, so people will not get in your backyard when measuring diflucan tablets. We collect the moon phase, device angle and cloudyness. And of course the software version. (We assume that pro users are somewhat more experienced).
Remember: submitting will deliver data to non profit awareness programs and universities. There are no commercial purposes. And of course you don’t have to submit the data!
Finally! Apple has approved the dark sky meter after a long wait. Both lite and pro apps are on the app store now! The Dark Sky Meter is an affordable app to measure light pollution.
Lite version only shows the number of times the sky is bright as a natural clear sky
Pro version outputs SQM (18–22), has a light pollution map and a cloud forecast.
Link to the Lite app (free):
Link to the Pro app ($4.99 )
If you have questions, or would like to recieve a promo code for a review, please let us know.
Support page: http://www.darkskymeter.com
An important note:
Apple forced us to support the iPhone 4. Because it has a camera which is very bad at low light conditions, every measurement at or above SQM 20 is unreliable.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the app!