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Old 01-01-2008, 09:54 PM
 
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A few questions:

1. For lunar, solar and planetary astronomy, light pollution is not as bad a problem as it is for galaxy hunters. How are the skies for solar system viewing in suburban Tampa?

2. Are mosquitos a problem in the suburbs or just in the swampy / wooded areas?

3. Are there any legislative efforts to limit light pollution (like in Tucson)?

4. Are there any suburbs that are well protected from extended loss of electricity and flooding given a direct hit of a hurricane?

Thanks in advance for the answers and advice...
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Old 01-02-2008, 04:10 AM
 
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A few questions:

1. For lunar, solar and planetary astronomy, light pollution is not as bad a problem as it is for galaxy hunters. How are the skies for solar system viewing in suburban Tampa?

2. Are mosquitos a problem in the suburbs or just in the swampy / wooded areas?

3. Are there any legislative efforts to limit light pollution (like in Tucson)?

4. Are there any suburbs that are well protected from extended loss of electricity and flooding given a direct hit of a hurricane?

Thanks in advance for the answers and advice...
there are many places where planetary astronomy would be great. In suburban st. pete, the nightsky is much darker than you would expect for such a populated area.

As for mosquitoes, not really an issue around here. I've been to Louisiana and they have really bad mosquitoes compared to Florida.

I've heard of no legislation to curb light pollution. Most Floridians think astronomy and astrology are the same thing. Needless to say, light pollution is rarely even discussed much less legislated.

I've always heard that if you want your electricity to be knocked out the least amount of time, always live near a hospital and be on the same power grid.
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:55 AM
 
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Default We haven't had an issue

We use our telescope and even binoculars for night-sky viewing at our home in Palm Harbor and had great views and pretty dark skies. I have also read about some amateur astronomy groups that travel north to some darker sky spots.

There is a st pete astronomy club: Night Sky Network: View Club Info: St. Petersburg Astronomy Club

Although there are some mosquitoes in our backyard, it's manageable and hasn't been an issue.
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