Great ideas for viewing the night sky. Along those lines you might want to check out the International Dark Sky Association. They have info on the best places for stargazing and of course how to reduce light
pollution and save energy.
'IDA is the recognized authority on light
pollution. Founded in 1988, IDA is the first organization to call attention to the hazards of light
pollution, and in 24 years of operation our accomplishments have been tremendous.
We promote one simple idea: light what you need, when you need it. We know some light at night is necessary for safety and recreation. We work with manufacturers, planners, legislators, and citizens to provide energy efficient options that direct the light where you want it to go, not uselessly up into the sky.'