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#1 ed_turco

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 11:55 AM

I saw the date and remembered that I had my first look at the moon this date in 1957.   Telescope making came within a year or so.

 

I've seen plenty in these 60 years; the thing that bothers me most is light pollution.  We had so little of it when I started out.  Sixth magnitude was the norm for a dark sky only a few miles out of town.

 

I got so old in the process -- I hope that my next 60 years will be easier.

 

Clear Skies!

 

 

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:22 PM

I saw the date and remembered that I had my first look at the moon this date in 1957.   Telescope making came within a year or so.

 

I've seen plenty in these 60 years; the thing that bothers me most is light pollution.  We had so little of it when I started out.  Sixth magnitude was the norm for a dark sky only a few miles out of town.

 

I got so old in the process -- I hope that my next 60 years will be easier.

 

Clear Skies!

 

 

ed

Skies are insanely bright now compared to even 30 years ago. Here in SC there are no real regulations about lighting. Businesses put up lights that shine everywhere, No shielding, pointing out at the lot. Bare Lamps in your eye even while driving on the street. Spraying most of the light into the sky. I've given up honestly. Wrote letters and called people when I lived in Baltimore. Here in SC?? Nobody cares at all.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 01:56 PM

Yes, encroaching light pollution can be discouraging.  That is why I consider it all the more important for us to actively support the International Dark Sky Association and to get involved with local politics about lighting issues.  Educating our community leaders about the cost savings associated with better use of lighting, and the improved safety that comes with using LED lights at colors of 3000 Kelvin or less, properly shielded, and properly directed, are all issues we can make a positive impact on.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 10:15 AM

Happy anniversary, Ed! :waytogo:



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 10:54 AM

I've seen plenty in these 60 years; the thing that bothers me most is light pollution.  We had so little of it when I started out.  Sixth magnitude was the norm for a dark sky only a few miles out of town.

 

I got so old in the process -- I hope that my next 60 years will be easier.

 

Clear Skies!

 

 

ed

I can relate to that.

 

God Bless.

 

dan




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