Astronomer and Golfer - C11 and Vixen 140mm NA140SSF Refractor - G11 mount on permanent pier (in my moderately light polluted back yard) - Older Meade 8" SCT for travel
Quote:I'm returning to astronomy, building a permanent pier in my back yard ("Yellow" skies). There are very few street lights in our neighborhood, but lots of yard lights. Things aren't too bad right now, but will be much worse this winter when much of the foliage is gone. Has anyone done anything 'easy and clever' to block specific lights? The options that I have (briefly) thought about. 1) Monk's hood (I do lots of star hopping so don't see that working well for me)2) It would be easy to build (and put up/take down) portable screens with 4 mil plastic sheets and a PVC frame. Would work fine except on windy evenings. 3) A couple of decorative trellis walls with a climbing plant outside covering, allowing the inside to have whatever is handy to block light. This would be permanent, of course.4) Portable screens made out of the lightest wood affordable (these things would have to be portable - too ugly to leave up)5) There are MANY non-portable (and more expensive options - such things would have to be attractive)In my case I have two offending lights about 200' away (they are on either side of a garage) and one (wide) offending back window about 100' away.Other ideas/thoughts experiences out there?Thanks.dave
Meade LS8 ACF Meade 2" Diagonal Apetura 10" Tweakers Package Meade ETX-125, ETX-90 for Solar Celestron 80mm APO PST Meade SWA - 34mm,28mm,24mm,20mm Brandon 32mm, 16mm Vernonscope 40mm Erfle 2" ES 14mm,11mm,6.7mm 8.8 Nagler 13mm T6, Pan 19mm Meade 12.4 Pl,9.7mm, 15mm SP Meade 2x Shorty Barlow Powermate 2.5x WO Bino Viewer, 20mm 66* pair Denkmier 2 Super System Meade Nebula Filters Meade 9x60 Bino Vivitar S1 8x42 Bino Canon T2i, 18-55mm, 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
"He counts the stars, and calls them all by name." Ps. 147:4 (NLT)
Celestron CPC 925
Celestron NexStar 8SE
7 X 50 Binoculars 102mm f/9.8 Refractor 14" SCT w/ CGE Pro 6" SCT 180mm f/15 Mak Atlas EQ-G GEM Pentax, ES, Baader Ortho & Sterling EPs.
Quote:I see some of them at homes to block the the AC units or other unsightly things like garbage cans ect. Is that what your talking about?
-- Matt -observing since fall 2012 16" F/4.5 truss DOB / EON 120mm ED / 10" F/5 strut DOB Paracorr (T1 tunable),telrad, RACI finders, AltAz Tripod mount ES 82° 4.7,6.7,8.8,30mm AT Paradigm 60° 25,18,12mm Pentax XW 70° 20,14mm , Baader zoom observing list/notes.. beginning dslr astrophotos (moon/widefields)
Black Creek Observatory C11 EdgeHD C8 AT6RC Eon80mmED
Quote:I did panels, but that got old after 4 sessions, so I build a obsevatory with tall walls. That worked, but you know, I still get extremely mad as I get blinded by my neighbors electric lawn suns, so I want more! I want to install a row of those cone shaped evergreen trees all along my property line. You know, the ones that look like soilders in formation....
Rural central lower Michigan
Orion XT8i Sears 6333 Refractor Tasco 7TE
Celestron Sky Master 15x70 Binos Orion Sirius 10mm 25mm 32mm UO 7mm HD Ortho Expanse and Agena Astro EWAs 6mm 9mm 15mm Siebert 6.9, 9.9mm StarSplitter (SS) ES 4.7, 6.7 and 11mm 82° N2 Meade 20mm QX70
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote:As the city just graciously provided me with FOUR, count'em FOUR new Street Lights (corner lot), the nice bright orangish-white light kind, I no longer have to worry about blocking lights....I just don't view from home now. Luckily, theres a state park just a 5min drive away with better views......but it has skeeters sometimes.
Present gear: 16-inch f/4.5 Dobsonian 50mm straight through-finder Green laser pointer 26mm, 32mm, and 38mm 70 degree field EPs 4.7mm, 14mm and 18mm 82 degree field EPs 8mm, 17mm, 21mm 68 degree field EPs 2X 2" Barlow Tirion star atlas (white stars, black background) hand-laminated Megastar Editor & co-founder Las Vegas Astronomical Society Observer's Challenge To nudge or not to nudge, that is the question www.fredrayworth.com
AT6RC; C6R; 8" R200SS; 10" SNT; RV6; PST Vixen GP + Starbook-S Warped LXD55 G11 Gemini-1 & DSC Gone! HGM-200 Gemini-2 Orion Starshoot DSCI2; DFK 41AF02 Sky Commander 4 SkyShed POD XL3 14.5" f5 folded Newt Finished. Now in storage. Mount for 14.5" Portable obs on 7ftx16ft utility trailer wi 8ft dome Trailer Plans Approved, Jig Built! http://cleardarksky.com/c/MCAOobMDkey.html