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    Default Glow Stiks



    I've bought some glow sticks to experiment with. Unfortunately, with the moon being close to full, I will have to wail a week for darker skies to try the experiment. I was recently reading that the intensity of light was more important than color for preserving night vision. That either a green or red light, could still have cause the loss of night vision, and that dim light was more important. Well, I'm guilty of blasting a high powered red or green headlamp out across the field on several accounts. Now, I am thinking about placing some green glowsticks in strategic places around my viewing area. Maybe one on my eyepiece box, which is black, and always placed in the path of someones feet. Thank God for strong cases with foam lining.


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    Default Re: Glow Stiks

    They make those in red too
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    Default Re: Glow Stiks

    That is true. I may have to experiment with some red glowsticks as well. I've also thought about putting some reflective tape on my EP box. Once deer season is over, I am going to build a 2x4 table in that field.
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    Default Re: Glow Stiks

    I think I'd be bothered with the constant glow.
    When I set up, it's always exactly the same way. No matter how dark it is, I know exactly where everything is by feel.
    Unless you have a few people around who are new at this, then it may be a good idea so they do not harm your equipment.
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    Default Re: Glow Stiks

    I've tried a lot of different ideas over the years. By far the most effective and usefull has been a red headlight.

    It's a shame they don't make them dimmable but the key is you never see the point source. Also it is always looking where your looking

    Just don't use a bright one at a star party
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    Default Re: Glow Stiks

    We had a Mars Block Party a few weeks ago hosted by our astronomy club.

    About 300 people turned up. Anyway, before dark, the club passed around some small red glow sticks that could be formed into a small loop (for wearing as a bracelet I am assuming).

    The point was to hang them around our tripods and scopes to keep folks from tripping into stuff as they lined up to have a peek at the planets we were offering.

    Worked pretty well for that purpose. At least they did until a bunch of kids came by and raided all of mine. Little turds.

    There is also glow in the dark tape that can be strategically placed on tripods, chairs, tables, etc.

    I have a very specific layout for my chair and tables in relation to the scope. Same setup every time, no matter where I am setting up. Thus, I can easily pick my way around in the dark well enough. If I goof up and put something down in the wrong spot, well, then let the tripping begin!
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    Default Re: Glow Stiks

    I use kids glow bracelets or glow necklaces. Put them around the bottom of each tripod leg and table leg.
    Glow in the dark tape and paint doesn't glow for all that long. Plus the stuff wears out after a few months.
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    Default Re: Glow Stiks

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    I've tried a lot of different ideas over the years. By far the most effective and usefull has been a red headlight.

    It's a shame they don't make them dimmable but the key is you never see the point source. Also it is always looking where your looking

    Just don't use a bright one at a star party
    I like my headlamp too, but like you, it was a little too bright. Then there's the white light portion of it.

    To solve both problems, I used RED FINGERNAIL POLISH on the lens. That darkened the red portion and turned the white light portion RED. Also, because it's now darker red than before, I don't get any grumbles at the star parties I attend as it's usually darker (when using the DARK red light) than a lot of people's red flashlights.

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