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moiquadachus

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2018, 01:55:31 PM »
I have a street light directly overhead of my observing spot. It was, thankfully, a rather shoddy install by the local authorities (of a third world pacific Island.) They left the wire hanging and it is merely twisted together. I can 'unplug' it!

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2018, 04:29:25 PM »
I know the feeling. I live in a white zone, and i'm also on a corner lot. We have a streetlight "triad"; one glaring in my eyes as I observe South, East and West skies. North and North-East is nothing but skyglow from Tampa and the MacDill AFB. Two of them recently blew out, and guess who hasn't called the power company yet? This guy.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2018, 04:45:03 AM »
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I am so happy to not have streetlights in my neighborhood. Makes an orange zone a lot more tolerable.

Hope not add streetlight for a long time and I hope that there is good, reduce glare and straight down streetlight that we don't worry too much about bad street lights. Should have new law for all to be GOOD and approve streetlights!

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2018, 12:22:28 AM »
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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 
You mean the pikes peak road race? Still hate that they paved it all the way to the top....I would still bring a scope though.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #19 on: January 13, 2018, 08:14:06 AM »
I tried that with my green laser and it did not work. I pointed it directly at the sensor and no luck. What am I doing wrong and if it does work, how long do they stay off?

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2018, 11:37:48 AM »
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I tried that with my green laser and it did not work. I pointed it directly at the sensor and no luck. What am I doing wrong and if it does work, how long do they stay off?
Mine won't turn off for my green laser but will for a red one that I have so long as the batteries are relatively fresh.  Mine only stays out for 10 to 20 seconds if I turn the laser off but my laser is a click on/off style and unlike many pointers was designed to run continuously.  Alas I would still need to fabricate some way of holding it pointed at the light sensor and have never done that.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2018, 01:24:55 PM »
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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 

The OP lives in Denver.  Pikes Peak is west of Colorado Springs - about 50 miles from Denver.

Doubt you'll get much good observing time on Pikes Peak during the hillclimb, though.  Still, there are dark areas near the Springs so I'd bring It along.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2018, 11:26:44 PM »
Since the light was just recently installed and is on the corner of your lot and you can see 4 streetlights from your backyard, I'd say you might have a pretty good chance to have something done if you complain loudly and often. Take video or photos of the situation and compare it to what your neighbors experience. Describe how the light is located in the one place you had available for your hobby. Outline the extra cost of having a fourth street light, even if it is LED. If you get no results, contact your local media and educate them about the situation. Give your local city/town every chance in the world to solve the problem. But begin now, while the light is new so they can't say no one complained after it was put in.  The best time to complain is immediately because it gets their attention and lets them know that citizens notice changes.-Tom

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2018, 12:33:14 AM »
Worse still, in the Dayton, Ohio area they charge you for the electricity used for the street light. Any property adjoining the light will pay their share of the bill.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2018, 01:51:21 AM »
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Since the light was just recently installed and is on the corner of your lot and you can see 4 streetlights from your backyard, I'd say you might have a pretty good chance to have something done if you complain loudly and often.-Tom

Even easier: write a letter of complaint to the city statin that the streetlight shines into your window at night and you can't sleep. Just tell them you did not ask for it and you want it gone. Cities usually start listening when you tell them you're losing sleep over something they installed. They don't want some guy to get so ticked off he builds a killdozer.

obin

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2018, 01:34:20 PM »
Co springs also has an Astro society and a dark site.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2018, 11:08:56 PM »
I have 6 street lights nearby - there's hardly a spot I can stand in my backyard where one of the **** things isn't blazing into my eyes (no dark-adapted vision possible around here).  One of the monsters shines directly into my yard - I'm going to contact the city about it (though I suspect that they'll do precisely nothing about it).The yuppies around here can't stand a hint of darkness - I guess they're afraid someone might steal their polo shirts.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #27 on: January 21, 2018, 03:29:20 AM »
can you say b a c k h o e mmmh

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2018, 05:22:55 AM »
Another friendly reminder may be in order here.If we could please steer clear of the, tongue-in-cheek, references of vandalism and toward some constructive solutions to the streetlight problems that all to many of us face.Thank you.

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Re: *&%)#*&%$^ Streetlights
« Reply #29 on: January 23, 2018, 02:11:06 AM »
backhoes are for digging holes for piers ... the op clearly needs an observatory with dome to provide a rotatable light shield.