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floastro

Hello from center of France

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Hi guys,

My name is Florent. I live 80km (40miles) south of Paris in a small village in the country. After several years, since september 2016, my village turns off the light at 11:00pm until 5:00am.

I began astronomy in 1980 at 10 years old with a small beginner refractor. In 1996, i began the CCD imaging with one Meade 8" LX50 and one SBIG ST-7E.

I used one SBIG ST-10XME from 2003 until summer 2015.

Now, i use one Moravian G4-16000 CCD camera with my TeleVue NP101is modified refractor for large fields and my ASA 12" f/3.62 carbon Newtonian reflector. For the mount, i use one Losmandy HGM TITAN Gemini 2 Goto mount, but i have a project to keep the Losmandy pier tripod and to change my TITAN head by one AP 1100GTO head.

 

After more one year of modifications with a partner on my TeleVue NP101is, i began the images during the Spring 2018.

I will post them in the Imaging Deep Sky section.

 

Florent 😀

 

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Hi Florent, welcome to SGL from me, hope you enjoy your stay.  How I wish our lights were turned off too.  Clear skies!

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Thank you guys for your replies 🤗 🤗

Now more and more villages in France turn off their lights for economic goals and the biodiversity law. I can consider now a small permanent observatory in my backyard.

I just posted my first image in the "Imaging Deep Sky" section.

Thanks once again.

Florent 😀

 

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1 minute ago, PeterCPC said:

Hello and welcome.

Peter

Thanks Peter 🤗

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welcome florent , what a wise decision your local council made ,i wish more would do the same here ,happy imaging 👍

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Hi Florent,

welcome to the forum.  

John

 

 

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Hi Florent, welcome to SGL :smile:

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Welcome to the forum! The idea of a city shutting its lights off at any time is unheard of in the U.S. I would love that. 

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Hi Florent and a very warm welcome to the Lounge 😀

I've lost all hope of our lights being turned off :BangHead:

Steve

 

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Hello Florent, and welcome to the community, see you around the forums.

Clear Sky's.

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Hello Florent and welcome from the Netherlands. 

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Hello Florent saw your superb images as well Welcome from "La Manche" France.

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16 minutes ago, fozzybear said:

Hello Florent saw your superb images as well Welcome from "La Manche" France.

Thank you. I hope the weather will be better, i would like to take new pictures with my G4-16000 and to continue my tests with my ASA Newtonian reflector and this camera.

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A warm welcome from Essex, and we are lucky enough to have the lights turned off at midnight, enjoy your sky`s. Des

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22 minutes ago, des anderson said:

A warm welcome from Essex, and we are lucky enough to have the lights turned off at midnight, enjoy your sky`s. Des

My street lights go off as well (Duh) I live in France as well. Andy (Andre) Didi.

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Hi, Florent

Welcome from Land Down Under

John

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Welcome to SGL, Good to hear there is a place where the lights go out...here in the United States they just keep installing ever brighter lights like a snowball down the mountain 🙂

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Welcome and happy new year! ;)

Nice setups and awesome results as well!

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Welcome Florent. I'm an Englishman* married to a French wife down in the South East (05). As an astronomy provider I was invited to a meeting several years ago in which the 'Village Etoilé' (starry villages) initiative was proposed. Ironically my own village (called Etoile!) has not applied for the 'label' but does participate by switching off its few lights at 11.00. We have SQM values as high as 22.05 which is great.

Cordialement,

Olly

* Currently applying for citizenship, however. 😃

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