Observation site

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Give as clear, identifiying and describing name for the site as possible. If there is a well-known and common used name for site, please prefer it. If such name does not exist or it is unknown for you, try to invent a well descriptive name for the site.

NB! Report only the sites, where is free access for astronomy enthusiasts.

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    By clicking the map with mouse, the system picks up the coordinates of the choosen place.

    Usually the system identifies the address and the municipality. You can fix the address information when needed.

    If the first click of the mouse points the wrong place in the map, you can move the marker by clicking the mouse again. You can zoom the map by slider on left side of the map or by mouse roll to get better resolution for the location.

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Contact info
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    If you check this box, you name is visible as the informer of the observation site.

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    Please give your actual name in the form of your first and last name. Observations can´t be accepted if only initials or an incomplete name are given (e.g. K. Virtanen). If you don´t want your name to be visible on the internet in relation to your observation, you can remove the checkmark from the spot asking this. The spot is displayed on the next line.

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    The email address should be in a working basic form without unnecessary texts, spaces or brackets. For example: james.t.kirk@gfail.com

    If you want to later fill in, fix something about or completely delete your observation, it is possible using the editing link. The editing link will be sent to the email address you have given us. Without a working email address the link won´t arrive to you.

  • Why do we ask for contact information?

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    Your contact information will not be publicly visible nor will it be given away for commercial purposes.

    For research purposes: in case of especially valuable observations, it is important, that researchers or Ursa can contact the observer to ask more details or pictures or to thank the observer for the valuable input.

    You can later search for your observations using your own email address in system´s search bar. It is easier to search for observations by using your email address instead of you name, because some observers may share the same name with you.   

    Many observers have wished for an option to later modify their observations. This is possible only by using the editing link sent to the email address you gave us. Without a working email address the link won´t reach you. 

Describe your observation site

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Give a free-form description of the site and its surroundings. You can pay attention to eg. accessibility and parking place, view and darkness of the site.

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It is useful, if describe the observation site more closely into free-form description. In which kind or terrain it is located? How is the view there? How is the light pollution in the area? Is there parking place in the area? What is the walking distance from the car to the observing site?

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You can include the image of the location (jpg, gif or png). The system does not receive over 50 megabyte images. We recommend, that you prefer images with size of 15 megabytes in maximum.

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You can report locations with and without images. Adding an images or more helps the users by many ways. We wish that you add the most presentable images or more of the site into the location information.

The  system shows large images sized with the longest side (portrait or landscape) as 1024 pixels wide.

The upper limit of the file size is 50 megabytes. Taivaanvahti does not receive bigger images. Prefer the images with size of 15 megabytes in maximum. In practice images of 500 kilobytes or some megabytes are good enough.

Allowed image formats are jpg, jpeg, gif and png. The system does not receive eg. tif images or pdf files.

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How dark there is in the observation site at its best?

 

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You have five options to choose for your estimation, how dark it is in  the observing site at night.  How suitable it is for sky-watching and photographing?

The main goal is to find good dark places for wondering the universe, where street light and light pollution do not disturb too much for watching. There several levels of these "places of thousand stars", but common for them it is, that details of The Milky Way are visible.

In practice, different kind of observation sites are useful for observing different kind of celestial phenomena. Eg. places, which are open enough and there is parking place nearby, are suitable for observing planets and Moon in the twilight sky or following thunderstorms and several optical phenomena.

When needed, moderators of Taivaanvahti could specify or fix this information afterwards. Note, the users can tell, how dark is the place is, in the comments of the reported place. The light pollution conditions could change in course of time.


Clear view

The observation location has clear view towards these directions

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Check the cardinal points, where there are clear view. This mean the horizon is relatively open and there are not very much high trees, buildings or hills at the low altitude ie. oscuring the visibility.

Open directions are important for celestial phenomena enthusiasts and photographers, because the suitable observing site is choosen often by the direction of observed target. Eg. it is usually important, that the view northwards is unobstructed, for observing auroras or noctilucent clouds.

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There is a clear view northward in the observing site. This mean the horizon towards this direction is relatively open and there are not very much high trees, buildings or a hill at the low altitude ie. oscuring the visibility.

Open directions are important for celestial phenomena enthusiasts and photographers, because the suitable observing site is choosen often by the direction of observed target. Eg. it is usually important, that the view northwards is unobstructed, for observing auroras or noctilucent clouds.


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There is a clear view eastward in the observing site. This mean the horizon towards this direction is relatively open and there are not very much high trees, buildings or a hill at the low altitude ie. oscuring the visibility.

Open directions are important for celestial phenomena enthusiasts and photographers, because the suitable observing site is choosen often by the direction of observed target. Eg. it is usually important, that the view northwards is unobstructed, for observing auroras or noctilucent clouds.


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There is a clear view southward in the observing site. This mean the horizon towards this direction is relatively open and there are not very much high trees, buildings or a hill at the low altitude ie. oscuring the visibility.

Open directions are important for celestial phenomena enthusiasts and photographers, because the suitable observing site is choosen often by the direction of observed target. Eg. it is usually important, that the view northwards is unobstructed, for observing auroras or noctilucent clouds.


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There is a clear view westward in the observing site. This mean the horizon towards this direction is relatively open and there are not very much high trees, buildings or a hill at the low altitude ie. oscuring the visibility.

Open directions are important for celestial phenomena enthusiasts and photographers, because the suitable observing site is choosen often by the direction of observed target. Eg. it is usually important, that the view northwards is unobstructed, for observing auroras or noctilucent clouds.


Properties of the observation site
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There car access near or direct to observing site. Walking distance from the parking place to observation site is about 100 meter in maximum.


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There is a campfire place, lean-to or Lapp hut in the area, where making fire is possible.


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There is a toilet, gas station or grocery store within  ca. 1 kilometer.

 


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The observation location is close to a lakeshore, sea or a riverbank.


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Observation site is the observatory of the association, or there is also the observatory in the suitable open observing site.


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The observation site is a birdwatching tower.


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Observation site has a stable and flat platform for setting up camera or telescope mounts. Eg. stony, concrete or asphalt surfaces are suitable.  


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