These were written with the River Ridge Observatory in mind, but please consider adopting these practices no matter where you are observing with other people.
- Avoid the use of white lights wherever people are observing or trying to retain their night vision.
- Do not point lasers at people, or aircraft.
- If your car headlights are automatic: Park facing north and near the exit.
- If your car headlights are manual: If parking before dark, back into a parking spot.
- Warn others nearby before opening your car door, if the dome light is likely to come on, or before turning you headlights on.
- Be conscious of white light from computers, tablets and cell phones.
- Don’t attempt to strike up protracted conversations with people who are at the eyepiece or computer key board; observing time and opportunities are limited and often require concentration. Ask to speak with them later about whatever is on your mind.