Field Etiquette

New members are politely requested to read the following "Observing Field Etiquette" before attending an observing night.

O.H.&S

Astronomy is carried out in darkness and MAS is not responsible for any accidents. You are responsible for your own safety and that of your equipment. Please help us maintain our excellent safety record in the field.

In the interests of your own personal safety and that of others, please time your arrival at the observing field prior to sunset and carry out a check of the immediate area for any hazards. If any are found please bring them to the attention of a committee member immediately. (The same applies for our monthly meeting at WSU). 

Upon Arrival

If you arrive at either Stargard or The Forest in darkness, please switch your head lights off and sound your horn. You will be met at the gate by a member and directed to a vacant spot. Please proceed with extreme caution.

Laser Pointers

Since the observing field is shared by both visual & imaging astronomers, care has to be taken that a laser beam is not directed in the area that an image is being taken. We would suggest that you ask, loudly!!!, first if a camera is being used in the region of sky that you wish to point the laser. If you are clear, continue using the laser in the area mentioned.

If an astro-imager then wishes to image in that "clear area" please inform the laser operator of your intentions. Laser pointers must be used with care, to avoid personal injury and must never be aimed near aircraft or wildlife. See our Laser Pointer page in the "About Us" menu at the top of this page.

Display Screens

Please make sure that all computer and camera monitors are securely shrouded and/or covered with a deep red filter. This cuts down on white light spill dramatically and prevents loss of dark adaptation for the visual observers.

Vehicle Lighting

When on the field, please either disable or cover the vehicle interior light and boot light with a red filter. Also, please disable the entry system that blinks your indicators. This can cause major problems for all. Alternatively, if unlocking your car causes your indicators to blink, then a good solution is not to lock your car.

Red Lights

To maintain optimum darkness adaption, red lights only may be used on the observing field after sunset. Suitable red torches are available from optical telescope retailers, electronic dealerships and bicycle shops.

Waste Material

Please always take all of your litter home with you. This applies to all observing sites, but especially the Forest cabin, which must be left neat and wiped clean, ready for the next occupants. Failure to do so means the next visitors will have to clean up on arrival, which will damage the Society's good reputation and may put our use of the property at risk. 

Departure

If leaving early and you need to use your car headlights, please warn others in advance.

Stargard

When arriving late or departing early, please discourage unauthorised access to the Sportsground by closing the main gate and sliding the bolt.

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