At Kielder we want you to enjoy the night sky at its best--and that means curbing white light. It takes up to 45 minutes for your eyes to become fully dark adapted, but that can be lost in a fraction of a second by a carelessly pointed torch or car head light. To make sure we all stay happily in the dark, the following simple rules will apply.
For our part, we will ensure that campsite lighting is switched off or masked. At Kielder we take red light seriously. We will marshal the campsite and politely enforce these simple rules.
- Between 19.00 and 05.00 no driving on or off the observing field is permitted.
- If you use a laptop computer for imaging, ensure it is fitted with red masking film. You can also place the laptop inside an open box to further shield nearby observers from the screen.
- Strictly no laser pointers.
- Lights from caravans, motor homes or tents must be fully shielded or covered with effective red filters.
- Torches on the observing field must be red filtered and dim --please don't blind folk with powerful head torches--keep torches pointing down.
- Ensure car vanity and boot lights are either switched off or masked.
- Don't keep locking and unlocking car doors with a remote causing the hazard warning lights to flash.
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