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(Guardian)   "Nearly every house in this rural 450-acre development of stargazers is equipped with its own domed observatory, and outdoor lights are strictly forbidden. There's only one rule here: "Turn off your goddamned lights.""   ( theguardian.com) divider line
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2017-04-13 11:47:58 PM  
I was thinking "maybe in Arizona" clicked link, Yep. I appreciate a night out in the deep dark for some stargazing, but it's not a nightly thing for normal people. Let a handfull of sponsored pros bring the data back.

We need more opportunities for collective sponsorships.
 
2017-04-14 12:50:54 AM  
My lottery home will have a telescope like those. That said...

"This is what we do," villager Frank Gilliland says cheerfully one starry night as he peers through the community's biggest telescope, a 24-incher belonging to neighbor Rick Beno. At the moment, the scope is aimed at the Milky Way through an open hatch in the dome of Beno's personal observatory, giving Gilliland a crystal-clear view of the Orion nebula, a remarkable 1,344 light years away.
The powerful instrument, Beno allows, is something a "small college would be pretty darn proud of".

Rick Beno's 24 incher
 
2017-04-14 01:12:52 AM  

wildcardjack: I was thinking "maybe in Arizona" clicked link, Yep.


I assumed New Mexico.

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So close.

Good for them though.  I wouldn't want to live there, but it sounds like it would make a fun place to visit for a weekend.
 
2017-04-14 03:27:53 AM  
The nocturnal lifestyle might make summertime Arizona bearable.
 
2017-04-14 03:28:43 AM  
My grandparents' house was in Pinecrest, CA - over 5k feet in elevation. One summer my brother and I spent a month there and every night we'd sneak out a window, climb onto the roof, and stare at the sky. Sometimes we took a flashlight and an astronomy book to figure out what we were looking at, but mostly just stared into space.
 
2017-04-14 04:14:41 AM  
Sploosh.
 
2017-04-14 05:36:18 AM  
Hope thy own the land for miles around . . . Otherwise it's only a matter of time before there's a WalMart and an McDonalds within spitting distance. It's the America way.
 
2017-04-14 06:00:22 AM  
In before "oh noes, criminals will roam the earth and cars will crash unless everything's lit up like Yankee Stadium the moment the sun gets close to setting."
 
2017-04-14 06:08:19 AM  
But those lights are keeping the boogey man away! Without stadium lighting on my lawn he'll come and get me!

/outside lights are nightlights for grownups
 
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2017-04-14 08:07:18 AM  
This is my lottery dream too. Except my house is the only one on that plot. Maybe add a 0 to the acreage.
 
2017-04-14 08:09:57 AM  
The one thing I miss from my childhood is the night sky.
 
2017-04-14 08:29:05 AM  
I've been looking for places in the Davis Mountains and Terlingua area. Run across a few homes with backyard observatories. Sometimes I bring my 10 incher (uhuhhuh) out in the apartment complex lot to check out Orion, the moon...big stuff. Always get a few curious people.

Sadly, I had to call out a high school buddy online claiming a flat earth. I told him to come on down and I can prove it's not with a tube and two mirrors. Sigh.
 
2017-04-14 08:45:10 AM  
I have no light pollution. I have a nice telescope, they said. The telescope has made it outside just once. I should really learn to use it.
 
2017-04-14 08:58:23 AM  
This is one of those things that's a no-brainer. Curtains - blackout curtains. Okay, that's not hard. External light fixtures get top shields so they don't spill light upwards. Again, there's no reason not to. Why not?

Ah well, Harrumph.
 
2017-04-14 10:21:05 AM  

Gulper Eel: In before "oh noes, criminals will roam the earth and cars will crash unless everything's lit up like Yankee Stadium the moment the sun gets close to setting."


Is that something that people say?  Because I can't remember anyone ever saying anything like that.. ever.
 
2017-04-14 11:19:35 AM  
I love the sound of it. But not to live there. I have too many other interests that don't mix with living miles away from things in the desert.

But . . . I would love to visit. I wonder if a specialty motel or B & B would work? Are there enough people willing to vacation like that?
 
2017-04-14 11:28:59 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: I love the sound of it. But not to live there. I have too many other interests that don't mix with living miles away from things in the desert.

But . . . I would love to visit. I wonder if a specialty motel or B & B would work? Are there enough people willing to vacation like that?


There are several B&Bs in the US that cater to amateur astronomers; just do a search for "astronomy bed and breakfast."

Sadly, the Star Hill Inn, near Sapello NM, is no more. Stayed there in the late 90s during the height of the Leonid meteor storm. One of the best weeks of my life.
 
2017-04-14 11:32:25 AM  
There's also Chiefland Astronomy Village in Florida, which is another community built around astronomy.
 
2017-04-14 01:10:43 PM  
Our place up in northern NY on the edge of the Park has pretty dark skies-- closest big city is a hundred miles away and we can't see any of our neighbors lights from our place.  I've always had, and built telescopes, and one of my projects for this summer is to build a shed down by the garden with a roll-out deck for my Dobsonian.  It's basically to store equipment and tools and to have a screened place to get away from the black flies in early summer, but it would be a terrific place for a big telescope.
 
2017-04-14 04:15:54 PM  

UnspokenVoice: I have no light pollution. I have a nice telescope, they said. The telescope has made it outside just once. I should really learn to use it.


Oh, do! Even the Moon in a live eyepiece is transformative. It's amazing.
 
2017-04-14 05:51:16 PM  

wildcardjack: I was thinking "maybe in Arizona" clicked link, Yep. I appreciate a night out in the deep dark for some stargazing, but it's not a nightly thing for normal people. Let a handfull of sponsored pros bring the data back.


This is dumb.  Are you not aware of the many significant astronomical discoveries made by citizen-scientists?

Space is surprisingly big.
 
2017-04-14 08:11:29 PM  

GanjSmokr: Is that something that people say?  Because I can't remember anyone ever saying anything like that.. ever.


It's been put into action already. Just drive through any suburb in the middle of the night. Even the malls where the stores have been closed for six hours and the last movie let out two hours previously are lit up like they're waiting for hordes of Black Friday shoppers to roll up.
 
2017-04-14 10:25:33 PM  
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2017-04-15 12:11:40 AM  

Gulper Eel: GanjSmokr: Is that something that people say?  Because I can't remember anyone ever saying anything like that.. ever.

It's been put into action already. Just drive through any suburb in the middle of the night. Even the malls where the stores have been closed for six hours and the last movie let out two hours previously are lit up like they're waiting for hordes of Black Friday shoppers to roll up.


I worked for a chain that left lights on in the parking lot at night.  They had enough vandalism to deal with that it helped the cameras at least get a halfway decent picture of who did it.
 
2017-04-15 01:27:01 AM  
The trick to stop vandalism is to have complete darkness. People need to see to be bad things. Modern cameras can see in dark conditions that humans can't see in.

I wonder what their caner rate is compared to other high altitude settlements. There have been lots of recent studies showing a string connection between getting at least 2 hours of total darkness a night and not getting some cancers.
 
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