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Light Pollution: Responses and Remedies (Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series) Paperback – December 6, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1852334970 ISBN-10: 1852334975 Edition: 1st

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From the reviews of the first edition: "I learnt a lot from this book about light pollution and the problems it causes for astronomers around the world. … A set of rules set by the Tucson/Pima County Lighting Code I found to be very interesting reading indeed, and if we could get some of them implemented over here our skies would be a lot darker. Let’s look forward to the day when we get what we wish for." (Mick Murphy, Astronomy & Space, April 2003) "Light pollution (LP) is the bane of all astronomers, and it has been increasing steadily for decades. … Well, does the book work? Yes, it most certainly does if you want to know about LP and how to fight it. … There are plenty of good photographs, many in colour. … All in all, I thoroughly recommend the book to anyone with a passing interest in LP. It has everything you need to know on the subject, as well as who to contact and where." (Bob Dryden, The Deep Sky Observer Magazine, Issue 128, 2002) "Bob Mizon … is a champion for the cause of reducing light pollution through better controlled lighting. This book fits well into the Practical Astronomy Series with its practical approach to the problems of light pollution. … Bob covers all the types of light pollution and offers remedies and directions for action. … The book should be essential reading throughout the lighting industry, government departments, council planning departments and for all architects. … A unique and valuable achievement, superbly done." (Chris Baddiley, Astronomy Now, August, 2002) "The Campaign for Dark Skies (CfDS) … has put the concept and the term ‘light pollution’ onto the political agenda of the UK. … The book scopes the problem for amateur astronomers, identifies good and bad lighting practice, and points towards solutions. … I hope that Bob Mizon and his colleagues … keep the campaign up. I wish them well in their aim – the strategy and tactics well covered in this book – to reduce over-bright outdoor lights and keep the light beams pointing down." (Paul Murdin, The Observatory, Vol. 122 (1169), 2002) "Bob Mizon has written a brave, thought provoking book about a depressive subject. Mizon is the enthusiastic astronomer, optimist and friendly communicator spearheading the Campaign for Dark Skies in the UK. The book has three main chapters … broken into various sub-sections for easy reading. … There is also a useful glossary and index. … This book points readers in the right direction. … I recommend it." (Cliff Meredith, Popular Astronomy, Vol. 49 (2), 2002)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 1 edition (December 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852334975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852334970
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Light pollution is -- or should be -- a concern of astronomers throughout the inhabited regions of the Earth. This is, to my best knowledge, the first book to directly address those concerns in detail.
The book is in three sections plus copious appendices and an index. The first section discusses the physiology of human vision, defines the nature and consequences (not only astronomical) of light pollution, and considers changes in attitude to and technology of lighting. This serves as an excellent introduction to the problem.
The second section shows how astronomy may be continued, despite light pollution, by technological 'fixes', such as light pollution reduction (LPR) filters and CCD imaging. One hundred objects suitable for visual observation from light-polluted skies are suggested and described. Techniques of observation in light-polluted skies are also suggested. It is this section of the book that is most likely to be criticised by those concerned that it may imply that, since astronomy in light-polluted skies is possible, the problem itself is not as great as activists suggest. I would suggest that it is only by showing people
what is visible in these skies that an interest in astronomy can be established and maintained, thus leading to (hopefully) a will to address the problem.
In the final section, the book discusses remedies; briefly these are technological (good lighting), legal (legislation to control poor lighting), and social (educating people as to the problem). The appendices that follow provide good material (including the debunking of common lighting myths) for anyone who wishes to involve him (or her) self in combating this source of aesthetic degradation.
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I recently started to research the subject of light pollution because I live in a fairly rural area that's being developed rapidly. I want to help educate and influence the policy makers and developers, if I can, to make smart choices regarding lighting as they plan their ball fields with stadium lights, their subdivisions, and their various towers.
I went online and discovered that there are more than a million web sites that address the subject of light pollution. More than a million sites! I had information overload big time and didn't know where to start.
Then I discovered Bob Mizon's book, Light Pollution. What a relief! It defines the problem of light pollution and gives us practical guidelines and step-by-step solutions to combat it. We've got to educate ourselves and others about the serious hazards of light pollution and what we can do about it. This book is a great resource for everyone's personal library. -- Kathleen Hawkins, president of and author of Spirit Incorporated: How to Follow Your Spiritual Path from 9 to 5
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