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Astronomy in france for holliday: Light Pollution map


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hi all

if you want to go in france next summer , don't forget you telescop :)

on this url, : Map of dark sky in france, belgium, west suisserland,


3 size :

mega size PDF (35mo) 1m75 large : all town and village are ident


middle size A3x2 (42x42 cm) : The most important town and village


If you have a small web conection, you can use streaming map



have fun and, may be see you on Limousin or Auvergne :)

I will translate legend later but

white = very bad,

black = best

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Jamie, I had a climbing holiday at Orpiere a few years ago. It is a fantastic location :)

We are looking into taking a transit van and a car so that at least 6 of us can go and take

as much astro kit as we want.

From Glasgow its 1050 miles each way and a 17.5 hr drive to get there.

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  • 7 years later...

Just seen this thread. I'm thinking of living in France at some point soon and am looking for an area that's clear and dark but doesn't suffer with weather extremes.
I have stayed at Les Granges hosted by the awesome dude Olly Penrice but I was wondering if anybody knew of any other areas I should consider?
I am attracted to the Limousin area because it's sparsely populated and has high mountains and foothills plus the Auvergne area.

Any advice gratefully appreciated :)


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