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pevsfreedom

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  1. Well in this case there are no other residents. Just two houses, the other one is empty. Not another house for 1/2 a mile.
  2. Yeah the light remained on last night. Somehow I feel my complaint never reached the "sergeant" who was gonna work on it, but I could be wrong. I'll go in tomorrow if it's on again tonight and see how I can talk to who makes the decision instead of just talk to someone who was gonna pass my message along.
  3. They were probably just being good neighbors and trying to give you some light to help carry the unidentified object to your house. /sarcasm. Have you tried talking to them?
  4. Crime here is higher than average, but they are only lighting up the back of their building. I went in today and talked to two civilians and the one in charge said he'll have the sergeant look into it tonight and I said well perhaps you could mention to him to just change the timer to midnight and I'll be happy (as they come on around dusk). I'll follow up Monday if no difference and if they're off tonight I'll be stoked! I also took pictures of the light and of my house and pointed out in a kind of over exaggerated manner that it's "blinding us" at night and a huge disturbance, and we also have a telescope.
  5. Thanks Mognet. Was planning on going in tomorrow or next few days otherwise those might be my best bet.
  6. Hah! Never would have thought. Is there anyone I should talk to at Darksky or just get some info and bring that in? Thanks Dave any other input you have would be awesome.
  7. Oddly I had about a 10x better view in the heart of Los Angeles based on the way my trees surrounded the house, with a population of about a million or so? Here with 10000 people I can't even use the scope! Thankfully I am moving again (buying a house) in a few months so if anything it's temporary but still I'd like to try out my new Baader Hyperion IV eyepiece =[.
  8. Oh I was gonna bring in the flyer as "back-up" not just leave it there. It's a 100% useless light [literally just shines into my yard] so I may have a chance, but I'm sure there's some kind of bureaucratic nightmare in making that kind of decision.
  9. I just moved to a new place in Oregon (from Los Angeles) and my back yard is a great spot for observing, minus the gigantic light behind the police station. It is a town of 9000 people and it's blinding and you can see zero stars with it on in the yard. What's the best way to approach this - or do I even have a chance at all of maybe getting them to turn it off? I was thinking of walking in there with a flyer or something but I'm afraid I'll get laughed out of the place. The police station is literally right behind my house and there's only 2 houses as we're in kind of a super mini side street.
  10. I got it fixed! I e-mailed manufacturer and he said to loosen the fine focus knob and pull it a hair back from the coarse knobs and it fixed it - the bump must have pushed them too close together.
  11. Hmm I have some homework if that's the case. I'll take it apart in a bit. I suppose the only thing that could have happened is I bumped it hard - I don't remember doing it but who knows. I don't think something like that would just happen from gravity from sitting still!
  12. I'm assuming that's in the allen key slots on the focuser? I tried a bit yesterday but it didn't move - might try harder today.
  13. Well I might have knocked it - I can't say if I did or not - it's the only thing I can think of. Locking screw is undone and tensioner doesn't affect it. Everything looks straight as far as I can tell. Hmm I wouldn't even know where to start with this! Is there a way to take it apart and check? There could be something though I've moved it around a lot and it hasn't stopped.. Hope I didn't just "Bang" it while shoving it into my trunk.
  14. I just noticed yesterday (haven't used the scope in a bit) that my focuser is essentially "messed up". It's a crayford 2" focuser (basically this) and the knobs are clunky/grindy while they used to be super smooth. It actually almost takes force to move them and I can HEAR them scratching/grinding.. do they require oil/greasing of any sort? The only thing I can think of happening is I hit it when I tried to shove it in my car last week though I didn't notice anything... it looks fine. This is all besides the 'setting screws' of course - no matter what I do it still grinds - and this is WITHOUT any eyepieces.
  15. Thanks. I already have a 10" dob so IDK if I'd get another. Maybe a 6" I guess. The 10" fits in the trunk but the BASE doesn't fit anywhere (would fit in front seat but couldn't bring anyone with me!). Maybe this though: http://www.amazon.com/8944-SkyQuest-Classic-Dobsonian-Telescope/dp/B001DDW9UW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442184219&sr=8-1&keywords=6%22+dobsonian I'd just feel like a dork with two dob's! Wish I just got the smaller one at first (so I could take it places instead of use it in these awful skies). Might just sell the big one and grab a 6" and [eat] the difference in $.
  16. I have a 10" dob and it simply won't fit in my car. Probably not the brightest decision I ever made (buying one so big) but it works nice at home. I want something I can throw in the car to take to dark sky sites though. 1) Needs to be small-ish. Probably no bigger than 6" I think. I drive a 2 door coup, with a mildly sized trunk and back seats. 2) Sub-$500 (preferably under $300) would be best. 3) 2" focuser would be nice as my wide EP is 2", also have a 1.25"/adapter and 2" barlow. I'm assuming a schmidt-cassegrain would be best here? Not sure that's in the price range though. Any ideas?
  17. I usually use Stellarium regardless but was curious what the 'biggest and best' were for this time of year. I've never observed at Griffith Park, we go up the freeway about an hour north to a mildly dark area. I should try Griffith Park sometime.
  18. I have noticed just walking outdoors that the Pleiades and Cassiopeia is back! I did most of my observing this last year in the winter. We'd be out around 9pm-11pm PST in Los Angeles area.
  19. Hi all, I have a 10" dob and fell out of observing for about 2 months. I plan on taking the telescope up to a dark sky area this Sunday for the new moon. I need a 10-15 object list of excellent targets to look for. This is my first time observing in the late summer/early fall, but am usually pretty quick finding stuff. Thanks
  20. May be a dumb question but do you 'know' how to use the scope, or are you just pointing randomly at space? They're pretty tricky to find if you don't know how to find them. I live in Los Angeles and can find any DSO I look for, so light pollution is just a nuisance really. I've never, ever found one without looking though. You gotta know where they are to find them if that makes sense.
  21. It's very good, also for the layman, but still made my head hurt. Regardless this type of reading intrigues me, and I'd like to get (if possible) a further understanding of the concepts, though I've always hated math!
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