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Lawrence Paez

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Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« on: December 29, 2017, 01:38:08 AM »
Here's the view from my front garden. If you are wondering its 4 closely spaced forward facing arc lamps lighting up a golf course at night. Its 2 miles away. Apparently is security to deter vandals from the greens. (the foreground is the next door farms' duck pond)

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 04:47:46 AM »
If I had that to look at I think I would give up.  I luckily live in a very dark sky site after having lived in Atlanta for three years.  I fell bad for you, do these lights ever go out or are they on constantly?

John Fletcher

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 03:03:53 PM »
Man, that's just brutal.  Do they keep them on in the winter?

Brenton Crosby

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017, 04:21:12 AM »
Tonk you are most definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time. What are your options on moving? I would have never guessed that is a golf course. Looks more like a high security military installation. Certainly a tremendous waste of electrons. I would imagine that the gophers contribute more vandalism than their human counterparts.

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2017, 12:35:05 PM »
Why on Earth would anyone want to illuminate a golf course at night? Do people ruin good walks at night then? As for the vandals I should imagine that all that lighting makes their nefarious activities easier, not deter them.

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2017, 01:44:55 PM »
I have about 14 streetlights next to my house. Where-ever I stand, there's always some shining right at my - except for a 2 by 2 meter area near the back door...

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 01:35:19 AM »
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Tonk you are most definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time. What are your options on moving? I would have never guessed that is a golf course. Looks more like a high security military installation. Certainly a tremendous waste of electrons. I would imagine that the gophers contribute more vandalism than their human counterparts.

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Or a prison

Lesego Dowdy

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 03:17:57 AM »
Tonk,You take some of the greatest photos, presumably from another locale.Such are the travails of the suffering artist!

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2018, 01:25:18 PM »
I went outside to snap a photo of my light pollution and noticed that the sky is CLEAR.I'll be back in a couple of hours!I'm grabbing my little 70mm f/4 achro for some peeks at Sagittarius and Cygnus.Regards and clear skies,MikeG

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 05:12:26 AM »
Oh well, nevermind!  My eyepiece case has been sitting inside in the air conditioning all day.  As soon as I went outside and opened it up to the 85F/69%RH air, everything in my case dewed up.  I can't see a thing through any of my eyepieces!Bummer.Oh well, it feels like a sauna outside anyway. Ok, Sorry about that Tonk!  Back to the light pollution photos!Regards and clear cool non-muggy skies!MikeG

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 07:29:56 AM »
To AllI live on a corner piece of property and there is not a spot in my yard where a street light dosn't interfear.  I've learned to adapt to these horrid  conditions and surprisingly get a lot of observing done. Clear Skies.Rich (RLTYS)

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2018, 03:27:46 PM »
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Plus a neighbor has a HUGE Mercury Vapor security light (that goes on about midnight) that not only shines on my house but seems to light up half the block.
Fortunately this sort of behaviour in the UK is now a civil offence. Section 102 of the Clean Neighbourhoods act came into force April 2006 and allows complainants to deal with this. The offence is shining overbright light into neighbours properties. The local council are now mandated to investigate the complaint and go through a process with the offender (repoint or shield light, reduce brightness and limit the time the light is on). If no action is taken it can go via the civil courts. Unfortunately there are exemptions to 102. Commercial properties only have to prove best possible effort (in avoiding the problem), sports facilities are totally exempt (e.g. golf courses  ) as are bus/train stations, airports and docks.Ironically the first case that went to court involved new powerful security lights on poles errected around a council building. The same council that is expected to investigate residents complaints! The local residents won BTW.So we have a start in the UK but it really only has strength against your domestic neighbours.I've used the threat (politely) of 102 against a new neigbour  who was leaving on a horizontally mounted 500watt lamp for over 5 hours each night (so that they could see the path after being out for the night) and provided them with the info and supporting documents (guidelines to council officers). They agreed that they were spending a lot of money to prevent a trip over a step. Anyway the result is they pointed the light down out of the road, reduced it to 150 watts and set the PIR timer for just a few minutes. The results are very acceptableAs for that golf course (see picture above) - only saving grace is these lights are off after 10:00 pm - council rules.

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2018, 12:10:30 PM »
Other than some neighborhood porch lights, the overhead LP is pretty low where I live (around 20 miles S. of Denver)...Looking N. is a problem, because of the "Denver Nebuloscity" but generally pretty dark skies at the house.  My problem with observing from home is that houses and trees get in the way...

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2018, 02:33:53 PM »
I have a football club near my house, and a sports centre a mile to the north.  The football club isn't so bad, they have their floodlights on twice a week or so and they are off by 10pm if not sooner.  The sports centre has floodlit all-weather football and hockey pitches and they sometimes forget to turn them off promptly after 10pm.

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Re: Whats the light pollution you see from your house?
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2018, 12:25:40 AM »
My biggest problem is that less than three miles east of our house is a large brewery with 24 / 7 operations that for some reason is illuminated as if it were a 100,000 seater sports stadium located in the middle of an airport .Fortunately , my backyard / viewing location is on the opposite side of the house to it , and I've finally managed to obliterate all street lighting from that side , 12 years after planting a dozen Leylandii conifer trees specifically for the purpose .I keep them cropped to a height of around fifteen feet , which is hard work , but keeps our rear patio area completely private .Alas , the situation has got worse where I'm writing this from , at our holiday home in Wales , where following a claim from a resident who fell down a pot - hole in the road , EXTRA lighting has been installed all around the site , which stays on all night long , plus the site landscape gardeners were overly aggressive last winter , chopping down all the tall shrubery which surrounded our property to a ridiculously short height :-( At least all the rain we've had since April has helped them grow back with a vengeance ! Regards , Kenny