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#1 armond

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 06:08 PM

I've seen them sold but not sure if these were recommended items. These special tapes you put on your tripod so people don't trip over them at night. Anyone use these? Are they good?

If not, is there an alternative?

Thanks!

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 06:51 PM

Scope Stuff has this; http://www.scopestuff.com/ss_glot.htm

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:20 PM

If not, is there an alternative?



There are also Kick-Me-Nots.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:47 PM

Memo129's alternative are great. Here is a CN post:

http://www.cloudynig...7/o/all/fpart/1

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 10:29 PM

I've seen them sold but not sure if these were recommended items. These special tapes you put on your tripod so people don't trip over them at night. Anyone use these? Are they good?

If not, is there an alternative?

Thanks!


I have this type of tape and it works great, lasts all night, is cheap, doesn't use batteries. There is no downside to glow in the dark tape.

The lights are gaudy, expensive and use up batteries.

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#6 armond

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 10:33 PM

Thanks for your heads up guys. I went ahead and purchased the tape and lights. They were so cheap I figured I'll get both! :)

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 08:05 PM

Armond,

The Kick-Me-Nots use 2 different sized Batteries. When yours start to dim go to eBay and enter the Bat numbers. You can buy replacement for about $.05 each in the 25 quanity area.

When you get the little red wonders dont forget to pull the little white plastic tab out that is between the batteries or they won't work. That company is really great.

Luck, Bill

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 08:52 PM

Thanks Bill. Appreciate the advice! :)

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 11:48 PM

At dark sites, there is a down side. Other astronomers have complained to me about how bright the glow tape is on my observing chair. Likewise with the Kick Me Nots. At public outreach they're fine.

Glow in the Dark Rope is a much, much cheaper alternative and much more dark adaptation friendly but still bright enough to do the job well enough without annoying others. Wraps around chair and tripod legs very easily.

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 08:08 AM

Glow in the dark tape works, but there are many amateur astronomers who mistakenly believe any non-red light will instantly destroy night vision, and some become extremely angry if they see a non-red light. Anyone who has been fully dark adapted when someone turned on car brake lights knows red isn't a panacea. The army has been using dim blue-green lights for the past 20 years since the eye is very sensitive to that color and an extremely dim light will give all the illumination needed. At the sky center on Mount Lemmon run by the University of Arizona, the standard is using white lights and lighting an area well enough to get your work done quickly without fumbling, and turn the lights off completely.

It's actually possible to see equipment if it just isn't black- colored. So if you just bought white colored tape and made stripes on your tripod legs, this is visible at night, and no one complains.

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 05:56 PM

I use "Johnny Glow". Lasts all night with very little exposure to light and glows a light blue. Comes in strips and dots.

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:33 PM

Thanks for good pointers!
I want to apply something like "Johnny Glow" to clutches of my GEM mount. I always have trouble finding them in the dark.

Alex

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 06:30 AM

Scope Stuff has this; http://www.scopestuff.com/ss_glot.htm

Stan


Yep :waytogo:






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