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    Default Light Pollution DANG!!!



    A couple of evenings ago, I took the dog out at about 2 a.m. and saw an unsuspected, but decent sky. I gazed around looking at the rare nice sky, and thought that I saw lightening off far south behind a tree. Still, a very nice sky to peer at.

    Last night, I was out again, and got blasted by a bright white strobe. It turns out that the local tv cable company replaced the slow pulsing red lights on their tower with two flashing white strobes!

    As a budding AP hopeful, I was crushed! This tower is about one-half mile away and the blast of white light that these strobes cast covers most of the South sky. Right now, the South sky holds the MW just after dark. I was admiring the Omega nebula and several globs and open clusters a couple of nights ago. The flashes will be only be irritating for visual, but will probably be devastating to AP.

    I know that we all have to deal with this type of irritation, but damn! I will call and complain later to put my two cents in.
    Sorry, just complaining.

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    Default Re: Light Pollution DANG!!!

    Holy crap. That's most unfortunate. Hopefully you can do something to mitigate that, Jim!
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    Default Re: Light Pollution DANG!!!

    I would definitely call them and ask to speak to a PR person.....that might be the best way to start.
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    Default Re: Light Pollution DANG!!!

    It's probably more the FAA telling them what to use for the tower lights. If they use red lights then I think they have to paint the tower in a white red scheme to make it visible in the day. White strobes are visible day and night. Sad news though, sorry about your skies.

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    Default Re: Light Pollution DANG!!!

    Good news to report concerning the tower strobes!
    The next evening, we were back to red lights! They are not the same red lights, but they are not strobes!
    I told my wife about my strobe horror. She went outside and looked and was very surprised how obnoxious they were. She went on our town's facebook page and saw that lots of people were complaining about the strobes. I guess that someone listened. Isn't that amazing?

    Heck, being in a Bortle 7-8 sky, the strobes were an extra kick in the pants!

    So far, things look great with the red lights. I hope that it stays that way.
    The nemesis streetlight in the front of my house went out a few weeks ago. Wow, what a difference! Even though I painted the side facing my yard with black paint, the light still blew through enough so that I could see the glow in my backyard. I hope that nobody complains about the light being out. I certainly won't. Believe it or not, my wife accused me of shooting the light out! Can you believe that? I definitely would have if I thought that I could have gotten away with it. Just sayin.

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    Default Re: Light Pollution DANG!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Juno16 View Post
    The nemesis streetlight in the front of my house went out a few weeks ago. Wow, what a difference! Even though I painted the side facing my yard with black paint, the light still blew through enough so that I could see the glow in my backyard. I hope that nobody complains about the light being out. I certainly won't. Believe it or not, my wife accused me of shooting the light out! Can you believe that? I definitely would have if I thought that I could have gotten away with it. Just sayin.
    Check with your City Utility Dept. Most will NOT take or keep a Streetlight "Out-of-Service", but many will take Neighborhood Requests to hang a Partial Shield when next they Service a Light. These Partial Shields are Metal and either Bolted or Hung from the Fixture to effect the required Blockage. Most Cities have Regs about what MUST be Illuminated - for Liability and Safety Reasons - such as to the Eaves-line at the Front Door of Houses. (This allows the Fire Dept to quickly locate the House Number, and/or allows the Police some safety when they Knock.) Asking that your Backyard not be Illuminated could be possible. Then, once the City Agrees, explain that the Streetlight is currently Out and would they "please be sure to hang the shade when fixing that Light"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juno16 View Post
    Good news to report concerning the tower strobes!
    The next evening, we were back to red lights! They are not the same red lights, but they are not strobes!
    I told my wife about my strobe horror. She went outside and looked and was very surprised how obnoxious they were. She went on our town's facebook page and saw that lots of people were complaining about the strobes. I guess that someone listened. Isn't that amazing?

    Heck, being in a Bortle 7-8 sky, the strobes were an extra kick in the pants!

    So far, things look great with the red lights. I hope that it stays that way.
    The nemesis streetlight in the front of my house went out a few weeks ago. Wow, what a difference! Even though I painted the side facing my yard with black paint, the light still blew through enough so that I could see the glow in my backyard. I hope that nobody complains about the light being out. I certainly won't. Believe it or not, my wife accused me of shooting the light out! Can you believe that? I definitely would have if I thought that I could have gotten away with it. Just sayin.

    Take care all,
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