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  •  I went to the Chico Observatory (4+ / 0-)

    during a meteor shower this fall, and I highly recommend it! They had a good turnout, and we set up lawn chairs with reclining backs near the fence by the parking lot. With the lack of light pollution, we had great views of meteors streaking across the sky--way more than I ever thought I'd see--and the docents were also there manning the telescopes. One in the outdoor amphitheater took some time to point out constellations with the laser light.

    While sitting where we were near the fence and watching the sky, I realized why they have the signs about car headlights, because some people drove in and left their lights on while they got situated, which, even with low beams, really cut into our ability to see the stars. After a while, some of the people in the crowd would finally shout for them to turn off their lights.

    Considering Chico is relatively small, it really does have some great features!

    • is considered to be very, very rude to... (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      chantedor, elfling, BusyinCA

      ...use any white lights near an observatory.  Bring a flashlight.  Paint over the lens with red fingernail paint.  That works great.

      Red light is fine because you're eyes, once they've adjusted to the dark, will not be messed up by red light (as long as it isn't to bright or "orange."

      White light ruins night vision.  Your eyes will take as long as 10 minutes to re-adjust to being able to see in the dark...

      Ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant. The rest of us must suffer the consequences.

      by paradise50 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:42:49 AM PST

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