Measuring Light Pollution with Fisheye Lens Imagery from A Moving Boat, A Proof of Concept

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Jechow, Andreas ; Kolláth, Zoltán ; Lerner, Amit ; Hänel, Andreas ; Shashar, Nadav ; Hölker, Franz ; Kyba, Christopher C. M. (2017)
  • Publisher: International Journal of Sustainable Lighting
  • Journal: International Journal of Sustainable Lighting (issn: 2586-1247)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.26607/ijsl.v19i1.62
  • Subject: QC350-467 | Quantitative Biology - Other Quantitative Biology | Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics | Harbors and coast protective works. Coastal engineering. Lighthouses | Optics. Light | TC203-380

Near all-sky imaging photometry was performed from a boat on the Gulf of Aqaba to measure the night sky brightness in a coastal environment. The boat was not anchored, and therefore drifted and rocked. The camera was mounted on a tripod without any inertia/motion stabilization. A commercial digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera and fisheye lens were used with ISO setting of 6400, with the exposure time varied between 0.5 s and 5 s. We find that despite movement of the vessel the measurements produce quantitatively comparable results apart from saturation effects. We discuss the potential and limitations of this method for mapping light pollution in marine and freshwater systems. This work represents the proof of concept that all-sky photometry with a commercial DSLR camera is a viable tool to determine light pollution in an ecological context from a moving boat.
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