Looking up at the star-filled sky is a breathtaking experience.
If you want to get the most out of star gazing on Daufuskie Island, look no further! We’ll tell you everything you need to know about finding the best spot, using the right equipment, and more.
For optimal stargazing you need minimal light pollution.
This means avoiding areas near cities and suburbs, where outdoor lighting can diminish star visibility. Fortunately, Daufuskie has no issues with street lights, high rises and cars over-illuminating our skies at night. This lack of artificial lights makes it perfect for any star lover.
It’s best to plan your astronomical adventure wisely.
For a moonless night that’s free of light pollution, try going out a few days before or after the new moon – it’ll make for some unforgettable views! Just a few things to think of, courtesy of Mother Nature. One thing that Daufuskie does have is trees. We have lots and lots of trees. Try the beach for the best 360 degree views. And, of course, cloud cover. Seems obvious, doesn’t it. Just check out the hour-by-hour weather on your phone, right? Well, weather patterns can change easily and frequently on our Island. So don’t give up hope if the forecast seems dismal. Go on outside and enjoy the sounds of silence and keep looking up!
Once you’ve picked your star gazing spot, make sure to bring the right equipment.
Most star gazers use a star chart or app to find constellations and other star patterns in the night sky. Binoculars and telescopes also come in handy for viewing stars up close. Below is a list of free apps from which to choose.
1. Star Walk 2 Free
Available for both, iOS and Android. A free app that contains in-app purchases.
2. Star Tracker
Available for iOS and Android. A free app that can be upgraded to a pro version for $2.99.
3. SkyView Lite
Available for iOS and Android. A free app with in-app purchases.
4. Night Sky
Available only for iOS. A free app with optional Night Sky Premium for $4.99/month.
5. Sky Map
Available only for Android. Initially knows as Google Sky Map, now an open-sourced free app.