Joined June 2012: Location, Ottawa, Ontario
Mes télescopes et jumelles:
150mm F5 Newt on EQ5, 127mm Mak Cass on AZ4
Oberwerk BT70-45 and 15X70 SkyMasters
Quote:However, I can’t blame the cottage owners; I too would hate to have my place broken into.
I ache, therefore I am
Quote:OK, so tell me how any amount of illumination prevents breakins at an unoccupied property.
4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
2 ST80s; ED80; 3 CCD cameras; 5 EQ mounts: all polished, tuned, and modified.
The rule of telescope features: aperture; equatorial tracking; or low cost. Pick any two.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
DAS Dark Site
Quote:All it does is provide the criminals enough light to see by to break into your house.......
Yes, I too have telescopes and all of them are Go-To. Wherever I push them, that's where they Go-To. "When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there's no end to what you can't accomplish"
Quote:Quote:OK, so tell me how any amount of illumination prevents breakins at an unoccupied property.Exactly. I have always said that if lights prevented theft then why are most bank robberies in broad daylight?obin
George N Obsession 20 Optical Guidance Systems 10" F/9 R-C Cass 6" F/5 & 8" F/8 home-made Newts Explore Scientific 127mm ED MI-250 mount Denk II bino-viewer, with PowerX and Newt reducer, Member, International Dark-Sky Association
OK, so tell me how any amount of illumination prevents breakins at an unoccupied property.
In fact, the way "security lights" are usually fitted actually makes it easier for a miscreant to approach the property unseen, by hiding in the shadows ...
The best solution here is motion detector triggered infra red lights, linked to infra red CCTV and, most important of all, an actively monitored alarm system.
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
Quote: I would plant trees and bushes that get tall enough to block out unwanted light too.
Rural central lower Michigan
Quote: Now, another good option, which I think is why our cottage has never been broken into in 45 years, is hire locals to maintain it! WE have a local elderly fella who cuts the grass for us once and week and he drives by everyday to check on the place. Another local does renovation work for us when we need it and yet another does snow removal in the winter. I think the words get around that either this place is closely monitored, or that we are OK because we hire locally.. so back off If I were to build an observatory in the country, I would find a local person to help maintain it. These guys know everyone around! Best security money can buy.
Now, another good option, which I think is why our cottage has never been broken into in 45 years, is hire locals to maintain it! ! Best security money can buy.