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20/20 Vision Campaign
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Author:  Christopher K. [ November 22nd, 2013, 11:44 am ]
Post subject:  20/20 Vision Campaign

BRAS is hereby announcing a campaign to darken the skies over HRPO. The goal will be an SQM measurement of 20.0 for HRPO's twentieth anniversary in 2017. It will be tough, but this goal is a valid and reasonable one--with effort it can be reached, reaping benefits for tens of thousands of citizens in the local area. More details to come!

Author:  Christopher K. [ April 27th, 2014, 12:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

The 20/20 Vision Campaign will be actively introduced to the public during the eighth annual International Astronomy Day on Saturday, 10 May at HRPO. The event lasts from 3pm to 11pm.

Author:  Christopher K. [ December 1st, 2014, 3:07 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

The 20/20 Vision Campaign was postponed for several months, but finally it arrives!

So-named because the goal is to reach of Sky Quality Measurement of 20.0 at HRPO's back viewing pad by the facility's twentieth anniversary in November 2017, the Campaign and its goals will be showcased for the public during the Highland Road Park Observatory's International Year of Light Preview Party on Friday, 19 December. HRPO is asking for help from our patrons. This assistance includes, but is not limited to...
*capping and shielding all personally-owned outdoor lights
*taking at least one GLOBE at Night measurement per season during the span of the Campaign
*actively thanking business owners who use efficient nighttime lighting

Author:  Christopher K. [ December 19th, 2014, 5:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

Although the IYL Preview Party has been postponed until 2 January, the initial tasks for the 20/20 Vision Campaign will be performed on schedule. The first SQM during the span of the Campaign will probably be gotten on 24 December; the NOAA forecast doesn't have a clearing of the sky until then.

Author:  Christopher K. [ January 9th, 2015, 3:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

Although both the original date and the postponement date for the Preview Party were busts, the Campaign moves forward! Tonight BRAS President Merrill Hess and I will discuss the major initial tasks of the Campaign, to be finished before 24 January.

As for interested and concerned public, its first Campaign task should be considered to be breaking the record for most submissions in a single year to the GLOBE at Night campaign in a single calendar year. Everyone who lives within a seventy-five-kilometer radius of HRPO and who is interested in seeing darker skies at his residence should submit at least one GLOBE at Night measurement this year.

Yesterday the wonderful personnel at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center placed on their welcome desk several copies of the IDA brochure entitled "Light Pollution and Wildlife". Anyone who can should stop by and thank them...

Author:  Christopher K. [ April 13th, 2015, 2:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

There has been a lot of progress concerning this Campaign. BRAS is investigating joint efforts with the Atchafalaya Trace Commission. Calls are being placed now to various local municipalities to perhaps "get the ball rolling" on their specific officials looking at the benefits of FCO lighting.

The Light Pollution Committee meets tonight at 6:15pm.

There is a new page for the Campaign:

Author:  Christopher K. [ June 18th, 2015, 11:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

It seems as though BRAS is seeing more and more change in town as a result of our Campaign. I have spotted full-cut-off streetlamps in yet another part of town--one of the I-110 exit ramps in the downtown area!

Author:  Christopher K. [ September 17th, 2015, 10:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

I took another triplet of SQMs at HRPO's back pad last night. The mean was 18.68, which is a statically negligable change. It increased the "mean of means" of all the 2015 measurements one one-hundredth of a percent, to 18.67.

Author:  Christopher K. [ October 13th, 2015, 11:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

I obtained another triplet of SQM's at the back viewing pad, from 11:41pm to 11:45pm. The mean is a very nice 18.98! Hopefully this measurement is not an aberration! This increases HRPO's "mean of means" from 18.67 to 18.71.

Let's keep going!

Author:  Christopher K. [ January 13th, 2016, 5:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

The results of all 2015 SQ measurements at the back viewing pad of the Highland Road Park Observatory indicate a reading of 18.70--the same reading as two years ago.

The goals of 2016 are simple: same tasks at higher rates! Anyone interested in helping BRAS with the crucial task of darkening the skies in the area of the HRPO domes should do each of the following at least once this year...
*Talk to your friendly Public Works department. Let the personnel know of the need for FCO (full cut-off) outdoor lighting in all areas of municipal management.
*Talk to your friendly electric company. If you already have FCO streetlamps on your street, say thank you. If you haven't gotten them yet, ask for them.
*Talk to your friendly neighbors. Invite them to view the stars with you, while illustrating how unshielded lights hinders the job of the eyes. Discuss the benefits of shielding as many porch lights as possible on your block.
*Take a GLOBE at Night measurement from your backyard.

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