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#1 donald41

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Posted 31 July 2021 - 09:52 PM

i would eliminate daylight saving time. it don't get dark here in oklahoma until about 9:30 - 10:00 then its time for old farts like to hit the bed. to tell you the truth, i hate this changing the clocks every 6 months. this was about as bad of an idea as selling pet rocks back when, really stupid!!! 


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Posted 31 July 2021 - 11:07 PM

Eliminate all forms of light pollution. Man made, that is!😁
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Posted 31 July 2021 - 11:12 PM

Or better yet, let me operate the switch to the three street lights that within 50 yards of me.
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Posted 31 July 2021 - 11:20 PM

i would eliminate daylight saving time. it don't get dark here in oklahoma until about 9:30 - 10:00 then its time for old farts like to hit the bed. to tell you the truth, i hate this changing the clocks every 6 months. this was about as bad of an idea as selling pet rocks back when, really stupid!!! 

I respectfully disagree.  The time change mimics what the birds do and what just about all people did before there were alarm clocks:  get up when it gets light in the morning and then go to bed about 16 hours later.

 

I like the current situation of it being light from 8PM to 9AM much more than I'd like the standard time situation for today:  dark at 8 PM but starts getting light at 2:30 AM.


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Posted 31 July 2021 - 11:41 PM

Or better yet, let me operate the switch to the three street lights that within 50 yards of me.

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Posted 01 August 2021 - 01:28 AM

I would make an Illudium Pu 36 explosive space modulator and blow up the moon. Its brightness obstructs my view of the stars.

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Posted 01 August 2021 - 02:42 AM

Tough call between light pollution and the moon.

 

I would go for getting rid of the moon.


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 06:29 AM

 

 

I like the current situation of it being light from 8PM to 9AM...

How'd you figure out how to communicate across from one of them parallel universes the science folk talk about?...

At least this is now proof they were correct! grin.gif lol.gif

 

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I'd wish away the 3 trees right over my fence line that take out my east to south view clear up to zenith. Come on, be good neighbors, you don't need them!mad.gif


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 06:55 AM

If i had one wish, i would beam myself to another planet with no lights and bugs.


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 07:34 AM

I would like to have my own private observatory high up on Mauna Kea.


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 09:03 AM

i would eliminate daylight saving time. it don't get dark here in oklahoma until about 9:30 - 10:00 then its time for old farts like to hit the bed. to tell you the truth, i hate this changing the clocks every 6 months. this was about as bad of an idea as selling pet rocks back when, really stupid!!! 

There is actually some movement among our federal and state legislators toward eliminating the time change.  It's not a high priority, though, so any movement is going to be slow.  And, unfortunately, the motion is towards eliminating the time change in favor of year-round Daylight Savings, not Standard, time.

 

And the guy who invented pet rocks made 15 million dollars.  It may have been a ridiculous product, but it was a great idea.  I wish I could think of something that worthless that would make me that rich.
 


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 09:34 AM

Move to Arizona, we have no DST change here. My guess is those in charge may feel left out and change that in the future….lol


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 09:39 AM

Move to AZ like I just did.



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Posted 01 August 2021 - 10:15 AM

I remember growing up in Indiana when the state was in two time zones.  I believe that, at the time, half the state did DST and the other half didn't.


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 11:52 AM

The first thing I thought of when I saw the title of this thread was "more clear nights." The second was eliminating trees, and the third eliminating light pollution. Those are the biggest obstacles for me, listed worst to least important.

Daylight-saving time is a nuisance, but it can't compete in that weight class. Since I am retired, I have only myself to blame if I get in the habit of going to bed before the end of astronomical twilight. What do I care what other people's watches say?


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 12:33 PM

Be careful of what you wish for grin.gif  Without the Moon, we don't exist. My wish is simple and achievable if I win the lottery. A small observatory on a hilltop overlooking The Valley of the Moon, CA. I can dream can't I? smile.gif


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 01:22 PM

I would like to have my own private observatory high up on Mauna Kea.

I know I used up my one wish, but if I could have another one it would be a 2nd observatory a little closer to home, maybe somewhere in AZ.


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 01:57 PM

My one wish is to have three wishes!!!!

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Posted 01 August 2021 - 05:03 PM

Get rid of the light pollution.  And for someone to make me filthy rich so I don't have to work-- hey, I'm not asking to change what time it gets dark or the moon is out; I'm happy to just adjust myself to stay up until whenever (but for that, I need to not have to get up early in the morning.  Other upside: more free time for astronomy and related ventures as well {not to mention all the other things I'd love to have time for}).

 

Actually, just the "rich" part would solve many ills... I could afford to commute regularly to a dark site if I didn't want to live on one outright.

 

 

I respectfully disagree.  The time change mimics what the birds do and what just about all people did before there were alarm clocks:  get up when it gets light in the morning and then go to bed about 16 hours later.

 

I like the current situation of it being light from 8PM to 9AM much more than I'd like the standard time situation for today:  dark at 8 PM but starts getting light at 2:30 AM.

But many people don't get up when it gets light in the morning.  Alarm clocks often go off in darkness, depending on location (my alarm went off at 06:00 this morning as I had to get up for church.  It was not yet light out).  That's my biggest beef with DST: it finally gets light enough in the morning come spring for me not to wake up while it's still dark out, then they change the time and it feels like I'm getting up in the middle of the night again.  Mornings are rough enough (I haven't been wired as a morning person since the day I was born) without waking up to darkness.

 

 

Move to Arizona, we have no DST change here. My guess is those in charge may feel left out and change that in the future….lol

Or further south, period, where there's less variation.  It took some getting used to when I moved to Bangkok from the Midwest in July and went from "it gets dark at 9 or 10 p.m." to "it gets dark at 7:30" but OTOH it was nice in winter when darkness came at 7 and not 5 or so...  (The lack of time change was also wonderful, though.  Had to keep some track of what was going on in the U.S., but no worries for my time.)


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Posted 01 August 2021 - 05:26 PM

Take away the birds? Trees? Moon? The chickens and bird song wouldn't wake me up😥 and relax me(Birds)😁.No trees? We'd be like Venus! No moon? No tides and there would be a lot of telescopes under water😭!
Just the lights, please.
REAL Clear Skies all! Ralph

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Posted 01 August 2021 - 05:34 PM

Get rid of all light pollution.   I can and do ignore clock time, barring the rare appointment. 


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Posted 02 August 2021 - 01:21 AM

Have to keep the moon! What else can I observe when the transparency is terrible from smoke?
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Posted 02 August 2021 - 02:04 AM

Have no forest fires every summer so the summer skies would be visible

 

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Posted 02 August 2021 - 05:10 AM

Take away the birds? Trees? Moon? The chickens and bird song wouldn't wake me up and relax me(Birds).No trees? We'd be like Venus!


Well, yes. As it happens, almost all the trees that plague me are my own property. I could in theory cut them down, but I choose not to, because I value certain specific trees more than I value astronomy, and I value the forest itself most of all.

How's about the trees just shuffle aside for those few hours on those few clear nights when I happen to be outside looking at the stars? Seems like a modest wish. confused1.gif


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Posted 02 August 2021 - 05:13 AM

I would make an Illudium Pu 36 explosive space modulator and blow up the moon. Its brightness obstructs my view of the stars.

that will make the moon meteorite people happy

but maybe a downside

 

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