David Fuller is creating Videos on learning the night sky & reducing light pollution
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I make astronomy videos that help viewers understand telescopes, and find things to see in the night sky. Light pollution blocks some of those objects (like galaxies). So astronomy and light pollution are intimately connected. But most people don't realize that light pollution may negatively affect them, via poor sleep and harm to health. Too much and the wrong kinds of light at night hurts sleep, and are also linked to breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other health issues.

So I make videos on how to find/observe:
  • The planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune - I'd include Pluto, but it's REALLY faint!)
  • Interesting features to see on the Moon, even with very small telescopes
  • Nebulae, Star Clusters and Double stars
  • Galaxies (these are hard to see so there's not many videos on them)
I do this for objects visible even through light pollution, while talking about ways to reduce the problem. Because it's not just about stars (you'll see what can be seen). It's also about YOUR sleep (and how to make it better). So you win in more ways than one - you get to learn about what you can find and see, and hopefully understand what you can do to create better light at night conditions that help sleep - and also help the stars too as a nice side benefit. 

Your contribution helps me continue to make that connection and educate people about both. 
Tiers
Pledge $3 or more per month
3 patrons
Your name at the beginning of each video for the next month of videos (not weekly videos after Nov 2014). Prior to Dec 1 (perhaps later) donors will also have name added to the credits at the end of the "70 objects" videos presently being worked on.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
$10 per month patrons will get two 40W silver crown light bulbs (note: these are "globe" style bulbs). In "base facing upwards" lighting fixtures, such as post lamps or many porch fixtures, a simple bulb allows light to pretty much spray everywhere - down, sideways, up - all over. A silver crown bulb reflects all upward and sideways light down. This reduces glare and light trespass/light pollution, plus it allows for a much lower wattage bulb, as all the light that previously went up - and unused! - is now reflected back down towards the ground, where is't needed.

If you were using a 60W or 100W equivalent bulb, this is just the thing.

You also get your name at the beginning of each video for the next month of videos.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
$20 per month patrons get a step up from the incandescent silver crown bulbs - CFL versions! These save even more money as they use 75% less electricity than 60W incandescent bulbs do, and they reflect the light downward when used in up-facing sockets.

Large globe style; may not fit in very small post or porch lamp fixtures.

You also get your name at the beginning of each video for the next month of videos.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
For a $50 a month contribution (3 month minimum - you can't just start for a month and then quit and get the binocolars), I'll send you a set of autographed Orion Scenix 7x50 binoculars - or if you don't want them autographed, just tell me. These are good astronomy binoculars you can use to find a lot of great things in the night sky, and they have adequate anti-reflective coatings and good prisms. I use the same model myself! They are easily hand-held so a tripod is required, and most people don't realize that binoculars like these allows you to see stars 3 to 4 magnitudes fainter than what you can see naked eye.

You also get your name at the beginning of each video for the next month of videos.
Goals
$10 of $250 per month
After dark, blue and some green light to 540 nanometers - negatively affects sleep, and perhaps health too. Researchers have found that blue light wavelengths like those from LED's in your smartphones, tablets, and TV's suppress melatonin, the "sleep hormone." That same LED technology is used in streetlights now. Even with curtains or sleep masks, blue wavelengths suppress melatonin long after exposure to it.

So yes, your sleep might suck because of lights.

Harvard University estimated that $63 BILLION in productivity is lost in the USA each year due to tired workers. And 70+ million Americans  suffer from sleep related disorders. I plan to start a group dedicated to this cause, because everyone has the right to good sleep conditions. And the connections to breast cancer and prostate cancer are still tenuous, but undeniable. 

I hope you'll help me get this project off the ground! The goal is to have professional videos made, radio spots with money to fund them (overnight commercials are cheap, and will target those who can't sleep!), and provide materials like Powerpoint presentations and good light ordinance information so others can argue this case in their local area, as most lighting restrictions are done at the local level.

Yes, it's a big goal. But everyone sleeps. So everyone should know about this.
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I make astronomy videos that help viewers understand telescopes, and find things to see in the night sky. Light pollution blocks some of those objects (like galaxies). So astronomy and light pollution are intimately connected. But most people don't realize that light pollution may negatively affect them, via poor sleep and harm to health. Too much and the wrong kinds of light at night hurts sleep, and are also linked to breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other health issues.

So I make videos on how to find/observe:
  • The planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune - I'd include Pluto, but it's REALLY faint!)
  • Interesting features to see on the Moon, even with very small telescopes
  • Nebulae, Star Clusters and Double stars
  • Galaxies (these are hard to see so there's not many videos on them)
I do this for objects visible even through light pollution, while talking about ways to reduce the problem. Because it's not just about stars (you'll see what can be seen). It's also about YOUR sleep (and how to make it better). So you win in more ways than one - you get to learn about what you can find and see, and hopefully understand what you can do to create better light at night conditions that help sleep - and also help the stars too as a nice side benefit. 

Your contribution helps me continue to make that connection and educate people about both. 

Recent posts by David Fuller

Tiers
Pledge $3 or more per month
3 patrons
Your name at the beginning of each video for the next month of videos (not weekly videos after Nov 2014). Prior to Dec 1 (perhaps later) donors will also have name added to the credits at the end of the "70 objects" videos presently being worked on.
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 patrons
$10 per month patrons will get two 40W silver crown light bulbs (note: these are "globe" style bulbs). In "base facing upwards" lighting fixtures, such as post lamps or many porch fixtures, a simple bulb allows light to pretty much spray everywhere - down, sideways, up - all over. A silver crown bulb reflects all upward and sideways light down. This reduces glare and light trespass/light pollution, plus it allows for a much lower wattage bulb, as all the light that previously went up - and unused! - is now reflected back down towards the ground, where is't needed.

If you were using a 60W or 100W equivalent bulb, this is just the thing.

You also get your name at the beginning of each video for the next month of videos.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
$20 per month patrons get a step up from the incandescent silver crown bulbs - CFL versions! These save even more money as they use 75% less electricity than 60W incandescent bulbs do, and they reflect the light downward when used in up-facing sockets.

Large globe style; may not fit in very small post or porch lamp fixtures.

You also get your name at the beginning of each video for the next month of videos.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
For a $50 a month contribution (3 month minimum - you can't just start for a month and then quit and get the binocolars), I'll send you a set of autographed Orion Scenix 7x50 binoculars - or if you don't want them autographed, just tell me. These are good astronomy binoculars you can use to find a lot of great things in the night sky, and they have adequate anti-reflective coatings and good prisms. I use the same model myself! They are easily hand-held so a tripod is required, and most people don't realize that binoculars like these allows you to see stars 3 to 4 magnitudes fainter than what you can see naked eye.

You also get your name at the beginning of each video for the next month of videos.