Vote in poll for Switching the lights off!

Discuss the greatest threat to amateur astronomy today

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Post by Thunderchild »

Just added mt 2p worth!!!
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Post by Hawk »

Likewise :wink:
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Post by chippingdale »

75% Say turn them off
25% Say leave them on!

:shock:

Fantastic, thanks for your votes everyone :D

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Post by chippingdale »

The poll has now closed so a small but important victory for Astronomers (and common sense) :lol:

The battle however continues :evil:

Thanks again to all of those who voted.

All the best Dale
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Post by RL Astro »

Question now is will they act on it or was it an experiment?
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Post by joe »

I think at the very most pro-switch-offers can point to it as an indication of the opinion of a small section of the public. I assume the newspaper will be able to tell how many people voted. Probably though it will be immediately forgotten about. It has, at least, prevented the "cons" from using it....which is nice.
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Post by Paul S »

joe wrote:I assume the newspaper will be able to tell how many people voted.
But I doubt whether a local rag like that would ever bother to look in their web referrer logs to see where the traffic came from. If they did, they'd soon see much of it originating from this forum and other astro sites :wink:

Edit: Just had a look at their code and actually they do. Using Omniture web analytics, they will be able to:
Omniture SiteCatalyst helps organizations quickly identify and understand the most profitable paths through their websites, where visitors are dropping off, what's driving critical success events, and how different segments of visitors interact with the Web site.
We'll be sussed :roll:
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Post by joe »

He made me do it! --------->chippingdale
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Post by Hampshire Astronomer »

Cant see it

Theres only a poll about a music festival relocating

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Post by Hawk »

Hi Dave,
The reason you can't see it is pointed out by Dale:
The poll has now closed...


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Post by Hampshire Astronomer »

That explains it then :-)

really annoyed now I didnt get in on time :-(

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Post by Davej »

Hi,
We'll be sussed
I thought I was voting about some music festval :shock:

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Post by S_Hawkins »

I'm in fact a member of the Letchworth & District Astronomical Society and a recent new member of the SPA. I've also voted but I haven't heard much about the poll since it first appeared in the comet newspaper.

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Post by Cliff »

Dear al(L)
I chickened out of this poll.
What I say may have some merit, relevance, or neither, with respect to this particular topic. There is a short article in our local newspaper referring to a street-lighting economy proposal in our neighbourhood, that has apparently been turned down by the district council. Unfortunately exactly what the proposal was I do not know, but I suspect it involves turning some streelights off after midnight or maybe some sophisticated dimming (?). Whatever, apparently Tameside council are carrying out the street-lighting economy.
On the face of it the scheme sounds a good idea. However, it occurred to me that there might be a snag with regards to the scheme reducing light pollution. Quite probably the scheme will result in reduced light pollution after midnight. However, my concern is that some of the money saved by the reduced energy costs might be used to provide more street-lighting to be used before mid-night. Now I think most amateur observers for various reasons do most of their observing before midnight. I myself certainly do, indeed even more so these nights. So it is conceivable that although there might be some overall energy savings, it might be that light pollution might be worst when most amateur astronomers are able to actually observe ?
Best wishes from Cliff
PS whether the above is right or wrong does it really matter?
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