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:wink: Then,back in the 1980s, there was the star-gazer (why are you looking at me like that,Officer?) who painted the rear glass panel of a street-lamp with thick, black,treacly, paint to stop it shining into his garden. Yes,it did work! Mind you,I,m not suggesting that we.. .
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I'll go quietly,Officer.

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:wink: Then there was the wild-eyed,light pollution-crazed,star-gazer (these handcuffs are too tight,Officer) who contemplated blowing up the local electricity sub-station. Mind you,I wouldn't dream of suggesting that we.. .
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*** who painted the rear glass panel of a street-lamp with thick, black,treacly, paint to stop it shining into his garden. ***

Now, that's worth thinking about !! - where do you get this paint?
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Post by stella »

Many, many years ago I complained to the Council that their street light was shining into my bedroom as well as my garden. Within days they sent someone to paint 'my' side of the offending light in thick, black, treacly paint. It's still there to this day, even though I moved house a few years later.
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Post by Cliff »

Dear Stella et al
As for you our local council baffled a nasty new street light when my wife complained it was shining through our bedroom window. However, i doubt they would have done much if the complaint had been "only" about astronomical light pollution?
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Post by KendalAstronomer »

At Mill Hill observatory, a nice big road runs past with a set of streetlights on either side perfectly positioned to provide any spectrum taken with a good dose of sodium lines. The council, during their current renovation of the road surface, were persuaded to put some shields on the back of the streetlights on the observatory side of the road. I inspected the extra darkness and its made quite a difference. Now they just need to convice the council to blacken the tops of the streetlights on the other side of the road.

So not just paint available for the job, also big metal or plastic shields.
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Post by Vega »

.... naa no need for black paint, lets just wait for the oil/gas prices to go up so high that street lights have to be turned after 11pm to conserve energy :lol:
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:( "Many,many years ago,I complained to the Council.." said Stella. Oh dear,that's a giveaway. There was I fantasizing that Stella was a gorgeous young blonde! Now what?
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Post by Moonstruck »

Brian,
Stella is a cover name for the astronomer royal.(in lower case)
Cheers,
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:wink: Only joking.
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Surely Stella must be one of the most apt names possible for someone who likes astronomy? :D
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..maybe 'stella' is not my real name. Could be that it's really Dawn Lyte!
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Wow!
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No change.

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Well no, Stay as you are,Stella, you're my blonde goddess; even if the beard does look incongruous
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