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    Default Blocking Neighbors Lights?



    I live in a townhouse and image from a 2nd story deck. I have neighbors that are very close by. Next door to me is a neighbor that has rope lights on their deck. On the other side, a few houses down is a neighbor that has a spotlight on a shed that is away from the house.
    Now, as mentioned, I shoot on a 2nd story deck and am just a little higher than the shed light. The rope lights are right next to my deck and a few feet under my scope. Obviously my scope is aimed above these lights.
    So facing North to East, I have spotlight. Facing East to South Inhave rope lights. Houses prevent any view West.

    I can block the physical lights by putting up tarps but my question is that even though the actual lights are blocked will that help at all since the lights glow will still be in the path of the scope? Remember, the scope is above the lights already so will blocking them help at all?
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    Default Re: Blocking Neighbors Lights?

    It is the direct light path from the source to your scope that needs to be blocked. If that light also reflects of nearby structures, you might need to block the direct path from those structures to your scope.

    Household lighting, even obscenely bright porch lights, will not reflect enough light off the air to be a factor, unless the transparence is so poor (i.e. fog, mist or haze) that you can't observe anyway. It really takes the combined lights of a town or city to light up the air itself.
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    Default Re: Blocking Neighbors Lights?

    I feel your pain. I too have light problems. Two street lights 150' away from my drive way and a 250w light 200' away. All above my scope and all to the NE. I have tried blocking, and have had some success but the wind where I live is constant. Nothing short of a brick wall will stay up long. So I have just reconciled to the fact that I am going to move my scope to a darker site every-time I want to view anything except the moon. That cuts down on my viewing time considerably. I'm looking into building a deck behind my house to view from, expensive, but the house would block direct light. Or the most expensive option and one my wife is considering, selling our home and building another one in a golf course community. I do not play golf, but golf courses are quite and dark at night.
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    Default Re: Blocking Neighbors Lights?

    I made a hood for viewing to block out the neighbor's lights and the light from cars that seem to flock to our street like clouds to a new scope.
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    Default Re: Blocking Neighbors Lights?

    I live in what should be a nice dark sky area. Not to happen, everyone leaves their out door lights on. I had no choice but to put up a wall around my back yard. Sad but true.

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    Default Re: Blocking Neighbors Lights?

    That's another problem I face, Keith. The house with the rope lights has the light reflecting off a red brick house wall. When shooting in the direction of that wall I was wondering what the red glow in the photos was...even though I have a very good D1 LP filter. Now I know!
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    Default Re: Blocking Neighbors Lights?

    Invite your neighbor over for a meal and late viewing session. Then show him some interesting things through the telescope, few people would resist. Then in a humble way mention something about light pollution, nonconfrontational soft sell is best.

    Most of the time a compromise is possible, and you may even make a few new friends!
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    Quote Originally Posted by spelunkerd View Post
    Invite your neighbor over for a meal and late viewing session. Then show him some interesting things through the telescope, few people would resist. Then in a humble way mention something about light pollution, nonconfrontational soft sell is best.

    Most of the time a compromise is possible, and you may even make a few new friends!
    Well, many here will recall this photo of what I REALLY have to contend with. They have a floodlight that you can see from the ISS. I at least got them to not use them. At 3:00am it makes outside look like daylight. They just started with the rope lights a week ago since...now get this... So their dogs have light to see when they urinate!
    That's right...they let them go on the wooden deck! But that's a whole other issue. In fact they weren't using the rope lights until I mentioned to them how they hurt imaging also. But then the next night they turned THEM on. Of course they have every right to use them and I have spoken with them nicely but it's falling on deaf ears.
    ...now about those dogs...
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    Default Re: Blocking Neighbors Lights?

    I just go over my neighbors house, unscrew his costantly glaring spotlight, then when I'm done, go back over and screw it back in.

    Been doing it all summer, hasn't noticed yet. í*½í¸Ž
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    Default Re: Blocking Neighbors Lights?

    I would talk to them first about coming to a compromise on the nights your out imaging to turn them off or build 2 frames out of fencing material with a black tarp wall for either side and image away.
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