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    Default Question on light Pollution from local sources



    I have a question for all you guys. Im just getting into all this but off an on for years iv always peeked through my little Tasco/Galilao 60mm Scope on a equitorial mount. I orderd a 10" Zhumell Dob a couple days ago and should get it on thursday.

    However the only practical places i put it on any giving day is in front of my house. The problem tho is im in the back of a townhouse complex down a hill, so every single porch light and Lamp people have in front of there houses shines right in my eyes when i use my 60mm scope. Sometimes i get a glare when viewing stars even directly overhead.

    Here is a picture of what my situation looks like. This si the only picture i have on my cam right now from last winter, if you really want me to take a new picture without the snow i guess i will but snow or not this is what it looks like in front of my house. I would put the telescope down by the car on the left. You guys see all those black poles ? They all have bright white/yellow lights in them and they all glare badly because they have like prism's on each corner of the lamp lol.



    What would you guys devise to sheild the light from those black poles ? Roverich suggested a towel over my head but that doesnt block the Lamp post light from everyone's house. i was thinking maybe some kinda cardboard wall if you will lol but i dunno id need alot of boxe's to make something like that
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    There are a variety of things you can do to block local light pollution. I strategically place my scope so that a tree in my fron yard blocks one street light, my neighbors tree blocks another, and yet another tree across the stree blocks a third. There are also temporary screens that you can erect.
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    I do the same thing. I have several flood lights and street lights around my apartment. I just place my scope in the shadows.

    If that doesn't work how about an el cheapo tent with a hole in the top?

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    Are the lamps from private homes or public property? Would be nice if one could get everyone to use low light pollution bulbs, however besides physically altering them either using your scope on the other side of your home / yard or even building/erecting a small shelter/tent as jee suggested would help. Probably cheaper than a good filter.
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    Yea i was looking at those tents they seem pretty cool lol only like $40 too hehe

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    Either light blocking panels made from PVC pipe and black garden plastic or an observing tent might work for you.

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    I have the same problem with blazing street light in the west. A towel over my head and part of the scope works, but in the Alabama summer it's a little warm.

 

 

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