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    In my neighborhood, the city, has declred war on the night sky. My street is about 1/4 mile long and contains 36 city installed street lights! The general rule is that if you dont have a light in your front yard then you will have one in your back yard. The people that live on the street have complained for years now. The cities responce is to combat crime. This seems false since since the only crime commited in the past 10 years was a guy got a fine because he didnt mow his yard. Anyway I have to use trees, cars, buildings and light panels to block out as many of these lights as possible. I know that Im not the only observer that observes in a suburban setting, so I would like to hear what you do to block out light.
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    Try throwing rocks at the lights... then they will have their crime!

    You could build a little portable structure with three walls to shield out light from the three directions you are not observing in. Something like the privacy screens they use in the nursing field, but heavy enough to not be blown away.
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    Try throwing rocks at the lights... then they will have their crime!

    You could build a little portable structure with three walls to shield out light from the three directions you are not observing in. Something like the privacy screens they use in the nursing field, but heavy enough to not be blown away.
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    I have thought about the rock idea but I think that my wife will frown about it lol. I have a single car garage that is my work shop. I set it up so that in a few seconds I can have the whop lights off and red lights on. I use my work bench as a desk for my logs and star atlases. On my workbench I have a sealed drawer (its sealed to keep the saw dust out.) I can open the garage door and move the scope out. I plan on making a three sided screen like you said and have that set up to where the open end is at the open garage end so that I will have a well enclosed observatory. Then I will have good views above 40 degrees. Anything else I can just go to my clubs dark sky location a couple of times a year.
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    I had a similar situation with my local council regarding light pollution.
    Have a read here Great result V light pollution Mine has a happy ending. It is to bright to check it out currently, but it has big time reduced the light falling on my observing site in the backyard...
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    Thanks for the thread sound like something that I would like to try. Right now I have a letter typed up for people to sign and send to the city about changing its lighting ordanances (It talks about astronomy, wildlife, and saving money) Every time some one look through my scope I ask them to sign it and about once a month I take them to city hall. Anyway my friend, thanks.
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    Your most welcome and the best of luck.
    It changed my opinion of the local councils.
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    Dublin got the city to work for him! but did you know that if your street lights have a senor on the light that you can shut it off by aiming a Strong light at the sensor ,spotlight or lazer...on if your electrically inclined, you can disconnect it at the base,Hazard warning!!!don't due if ......
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