Feb. 18, 2011

Members: Leigh, Mark, Wayne, Oleg, Janeen & Clive

Arrive: 7:30 pm

Temp: 1 C

Weather clear with full moon.

Leigh opened dome and uncovered equipment in dome in anticipation of observing with LX200. The computer in the dome failed to boot. Tried several attempts with no results. Oleg gave it a try as well. We concluded that it seemed to be a problem with the hard drive. Unplugged and removed PC to take home and do further tests. Re-covered the telescope and other equipment and shut down power to dome.

Janeen brought her new Williams Optics 110mm Megrez APO. Very nice! Wayne took some photos of the Moon with his DSLR through Janeen’s new scope.

Unfortunately, Oleg had some difficulties with batteries and was unable to get his mount to work that night. He then lent his assistance to everyone else.

Clive and Janeen departed at 10:15pm

Wayne and Oleg departed at 10:30 pm

Mark and Leigh worked with Mark’s Tak and were able to get his Robo-Focus working properly. YEH! Continued working with Mark’s equipment taking photos with Mark’s DSLR.

Departed: 2:10 am

Temp: -2C

Earth Hour 2011: It's time to go beyond the hour

At 8.30 PM on Saturday 26 March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour.

This year, when the lights go back on, we want you to think about what you can change in your daily life that will benefit the planet. To share your stories, thoughts and ideas with us and to get inspiration from what others are doing. So tell us what you’re going to do and we’ll tell the world.

Together our actions add up.

Visit Earth Hour Global Site at:

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome’s Colosseum, all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.

In March 2009, hundreds of millions of people took part in the third Earth Hour. Over 4000 cities in 88 countries officially switched off to pledge their support for the planet, making Earth Hour 2009 the world’s largest global climate change initiative.

On Saturday 27 March, Earth Hour 2010 became the biggest Earth Hour ever. A record 128 countries and territories joined the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.

Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8.30PM (local time). This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up.

A chance to address LPA issues with BC Hydro at an open house

Attention All LPAer’s! – Here’s our chance to shine, down, not up!

Source: flickr.com/photos/bluealpha/32059694
gastown clock at night

BC Hydro wants to hear from you about how we set the course for a Clean Energy Future. To add your voice, attend a public open house in a community near you. Registration is not required for these events.

Here is our chance to ask BC Hydro what they are doing about LPA issues on a province-wide scale.   Maybe even show them a photo or two!   Ask some questions.

This event will occur in Vancouver  on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the  Simon Fraser Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

Also at Abbotsford Wednesday,
March 16, 20116:00 – 9:00 p.m.Clearbrook Community Centre.

For full details, please visit: http://www.bchydro.com/planning_regulatory/irp/get_involved/spring2011.html

We could ask them:

– What is being done to establish & enforce lower & even lighting levels?

– When will non full cut-off lights be stopped being sold?

– When will new lights replace obsolete non full cut-off fixtures (street / road, parking, yard etc)?

– What is their stand on light trespass, skyglow, and glare reduction & elimination.

This is an opportunity for having our voice heard, power reduce waste (saving all citizens money also), and preserve the night sky.

This information was provided by:

Maurice Sluka

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Prince George Centre

Media Relations & Past President


Planetary Society (member)


International Dark Sky Association (member)


Correct Lighting – Up Close And Personal

correct lighting - up close and personal
correct lighting - up close and personal

Look closely at the way this light is designed.  Its a seal unit with no way for light to escape from the top.  In addition, its using low wattage flourescent light blub technology.

This light is a good trade-off between long life, aesthetics and practicality.  We can all learn a few things from the designer.


Correct Outdoor Lighting

Correct Outdoor Lighting

correct outdoor lighting
correct outdoor lighting

Kudos to the lighting designer for this building.

The lighting on the Davis County (Utah) Library is a model of correct outfoor lighting techniques. Nothing glares in your eyes, no light trespasses on to adjascent properites. It’s lit to appropriate levels. I tried to make sure that the image I saw on the camera LCD matched what I saw with my eyes. The only difference was that I could actually see the stars.

It’s not the number of photons, but where they are directed that makes effective lighting.

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/makelessnoise/306868193/

Campus Lighting Illuminates Ground Not Skies

This is an example of the full-cutoff lighting used at Carleton University.

Campus Lighting Illuminates Ground Not Skies

campus lpa lighting
campus lpa lighting

This is an example of the full-cutoff lighting used at Carleton University. The RASC Light Pollution Abatement Program (LPAP) has been working to reduce light pollution on campus.