CPC1100, C5/8 SE Mount, AVS MKII
Quote:Beggers belief that they can get away this.
DreamCatcher Dobservatory/AstroTech 16" dob
Quote:David, this indeed is very sad; and seems to be the trend in today's world. Too bad that college doesn't have an Astronomy class & observatory; that would make them rethink making night into day.
Quote:I went to school for the degree (and some fun), working PT and paying my own way. The "new student" expects financial aid
Others may disagree. Your millage may vary. Void where prohibited by law.
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Quote:THAT SAID, I dislike the poor design and blindingly excessive illumination at some fields, but there are more facilities with inadequate illumination for play that nevertheless must be used (which are still bright enough to impair astronomy in the nearby area). It sounds from your description as if the college isn't quite doing its fair part to mitigate the impact of the lights on the surrounding neighborhood. I do think they have a duty to prevent substial light trespass into bedrooms of neighboring homes.
Quote:But you're saying to all the students at the college: no intermural play at night for several hundred of them because you individually want to do astronomy?
Quote: St. Mary's College is 20 miles east of San Francisco, hardly a pristine dark-sky shed to begin with.
Quote: Realistically, in your situation, you're more likely to succeed with getting the college to mitigate the lights with shielding and modestly reduced intensity to prevent unreasonable light trespass into bedrooms, but the only likely feasible "win" for astronomy will be as a collateral consequence of forcing the college to a reasonable shutdown hour for the lights to mitigate intrusion into the bedrooms of the nearby neighborhood, e.g. by sometime between 10pm and 11pm.
John in NW Arkansas
Quote:Light pollution has caused my astronomy interest to wane considerably
Quote: Quote:Light pollution has caused my astronomy interest to wane considerably I thought you said your obs site was in a gray zone?
Quote:... after 10pm the floodlights are turned off? I can't remember that last time I observed before 10pm. For those of us in urban areas... one has to wait till well after midnight for various sundry lighting to be turned off and for car traffic and their headlights to dwindle anyway... And in the Summer months, due to a long twilight, any serious observing has to be well after midnight. Just saying.