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Coco Moten

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*&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« on: December 23, 2017, 10:21:15 PM »
When I got home yesterday and moved into the backyard, I noticed a new addition....The town just installed TWO new streetlights.   One at the very corner of my backyard (corner lot), and another round the road.   If that weren't bad enough, they're to the Southeast....the just clear patch of sky that I had available in my tree infested lawn.   To be certain, they're the new LED "aim the light to the floor", except my backyard IS that floor.   Oh well, guess I might be in a position to do a little lunar/planetary; but seeing in my whitezone back lawn just got worse....is there anything beyond a white zone?   When there is, I qualify.



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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2017, 06:26:21 PM »
I am so happy not to have streetlights in my area.  Makes an orange zone a lot more tolerable.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2017, 07:40:25 PM »
Don't have streetlight too near, around a half block away however within an open field, it becomes bright.   The worst problem I have is auto headlights which shine directly down the field I use since there's a one way street that folks like to sit and do anything however leave their headlights (sometimes the brights) on which can be nearly intolerable.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2017, 12:00:34 AM »
<p>Quick! </p>Cover the lights using a black spray paint before anybody realizes they've been installed.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2017, 08:21:38 PM »
Now you know why I spend the majority of my time spotting satellites. That's about the only interesting thing left to see. Just for comparison Andromeda is invisible with a 10" telescope from my backyard. It's easy to see with binoculars if I drive an hour away.Are you going to contact the city?obin

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2017, 08:37:47 PM »
Metal poles too, so getting a beaver family to move in is out as well.....maybe I'll get lucky and lightning will strike it...

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2017, 03:42:14 AM »
Get proactive. Request that they be shielded so as not shine on your property... while still not a great solution, it would at least be an improvement.Fred

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2017, 12:22:04 AM »
due to it's location, even if the light went straight down, my back yard will now be a constant source of daylight.  I'm on a corner lot and the thing is literally on the corner of my lot.  I now have 4 street lights viewable from my back yard to the South/Southeast, the high school football field to my Northeast, and no view to the west due to streetlights, houses, and skyscrapers.  White zone doesn't even begin to describe it....on any given night, I'm lucky to make out the big dipper....

Eric Ayyagari

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2017, 04:37:45 PM »
Time to move.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2017, 05:44:58 PM »
Oh man, what a bummer! It's like you didn't need anymore LP in your yard. I have a few bright street lights that are a problem and I try to block them best I can from shining on me and the scope. I am working with the city lighting engineer to see if some type of shield can be used to keep the light rays from shining in my bedroom kind of stuff. He has installed two so far, but they do not go all around the bulb, but small help. I need to contact him again to see if he can do two more that would be helpful.Now, there has been some really good posts about getting light bulbs that have top shields on them and see to work ok when an actual shield in the lamppost is not available. I suggest you take a few pictures both day and nighttime and post them on here for all of us to see and maybe throw around some ideas. Paining the one side black would be one solution, just don't get in trouble and let the city do it!Good luck....Bob

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2017, 11:02:35 PM »
These are the new LED lights that only shine from the bottom and not the sides, but when the thing is pretty much right over you.....Looks like lunar/planets from home from here on in (which is about what it was anywho, for DSOs, I wait to go to the dark site....).  My wife loves it by the way, "it's security"...yea, so the burglers don't trip and hurt themselves while breaking in.....

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2018, 11:35:30 PM »
See if they have the sensors on them that you can disable with a laser. That might help.obin

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2018, 08:00:33 AM »
Nah, Denver loves to fine people for anything....its how they get a chunk of their revenues.....

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2018, 01:44:09 PM »
We were thinking of going to Pikes Peak next year for the hillclimb race. With all these new lights are you saying it's not worth bringing a telescope along?obin

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2018, 09:50:46 PM »
I'm very sorry to here about those lights. Sad.Dark skies.Jack