Some wonderful reading here...

I'm a member of the "high contrast" (minimized light pollution in the shadows) group. One of the side benefits of living in a rural area is much improved star gazing due to less light pollution. If the dark sky is polluted with city lights the..... stars..... just.... ain't ..... there..... and there ain't no fixin' that. If I want my sky (shadows) polluted I'll turn on the yard lights and face them upwards... that's a-kin ta' "prefogging" my view.