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Ryan Lawlor

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2018, 02:27:46 AM »
Thank you.I need to have something that I can set up quick and easy as well as store as compact as possible.  The observing area is a 4 acre lawn that belongs to the apartment complex and therefore not mine to keep out there.  I have a small patio and even smaller storage shed that barely fits my small BBQ and my scope...not much more.That's why I was considering a lean-to versus making panels although the ones people have created on those links are very impressive.

afelfillia

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2018, 11:37:42 PM »
One other thing you might consider, if you can find a used one; is a projector screen.  You could tie milk jugs filled with enough water to hold it stable.  They retract in an enclosure, so will fit just about anywhere.  Just a thought.

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2018, 11:15:54 PM »
A full moon doesn't always blot out most of the stars. Just last week I saw the milky way clearly during a full moon.


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Anton Balderrama

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2018, 01:04:44 AM »
When the moon is visible, I just spend some time looking at it, not a problem for me.

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2018, 02:36:38 AM »
There are still doubles and carbon stars. Also getting out after it sets or before it rises is always an option.

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2018, 03:04:11 AM »
There was a fellow CNer Who gave up his Observatory because of increasing light Pollution. I felt bad because he didn't  consider the Moon,Planets,& double stars to fill in that void. Your telescope is perfect for that kind of observing (Stellarvue SV110ED .) There is so much history and adventure you are missing by not enjoying  Lunar observing past and present. your cup is not half full, its full and running over if you only take the time to drink. IN 1859 the Rev. T.W. Webb published a classic handbook: Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes. In the section on the the Moon he said "Many a pleasant hour awaits the student in these wonderful regions."

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #21 on: January 20, 2018, 01:24:04 PM »
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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2018, 07:55:19 AM »
I have to agree with this.  A full moon causes more light pollution than a large industrial area 20 miles south of my house.  I use an Ostara Moon & Skyglow filter from eBay.  It's not really dark enough to be a full moon filter, but it works pretty darn good filtering out moonglow when you want to look at something else.

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #23 on: January 22, 2018, 10:37:52 PM »
I see this bears repeating. See, if we are actually going to make any progress fighting light pollution, then we REALLY need to get our language straight and accurate when talking about this.

The Moon IS NOT light pollution. Here is the definition of light pollution - again - because we need to be precise when we talk about these things, or the ignorant will say, "Well, the MOON is just light pollution anyway, so what do you care if I leave a light on?!?":

<em class="bbc">Light pollution: brightening of the night sky that inhibits the observation of stars and planets, <strong class="bbc">caused by street lights and other man-made sources.[/b]

The Moon is natural. It is not a streetlight or manmade source of light that is directing light up from the ground. Please stop calling it light pollution. It is not, by definition.

Javier Gutierrez

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2018, 02:27:32 AM »
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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2018, 04:23:01 PM »
If the moon is light pollution then so are stars, planets, zodiacal light, nebula and so forth. Light from anything other that what you want to observe could be considered undesirable and therefore "pollution".

Jared Morgan

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2018, 07:31:09 PM »
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If the moon is light pollution then so are stars, planets, zodiacal light, nebula and so forth. Light from anything other that what you want to observe could be considered undesirable and therefore "pollution".

That's certainly a way of looking at things -- just as a "weed" is a plant that's growing where you don't want it to grow. One man's crop is another man's weed.

Auroras are an interesting case. They're very pretty to look at, but they can actually be a major nuisance for deep-sky observers at high latitudes.

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2018, 11:57:46 PM »
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I need to have something that I can set up quick and easy as well as store as compact as possible.

How about a golf umbrella which you have either painted with something flexible and opaque or covered with duct tape?

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #28 on: January 29, 2018, 11:19:06 PM »
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You think the Moon is bad, how about the Sun?
I think we should start a petition: blot out the Sun!

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Re: The moon is actually a form of light pollution....
« Reply #29 on: January 30, 2018, 11:37:32 PM »
I'm not sure when the moon became the enemy. In 1958, when I began this hobby, we looked at the moon and brighter sky stuff when it was half or more. When the moon was near new, we looked at dimmer stuff. The moon is a great telescopic object, as are Jupiter and Saturn. Each day, the moon presents a different view, with different craters, mountains, rills, and mara to see. The main problem I have with the moon is the timing when it is brighter that a quarter full. The nights I am free to view often are when the moon is high and bright, which does cut down on the other objects available.