20/20 Vision Campaign

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Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

Post by Christopher K. » February 1st, 2016, 3:02 pm

In order to better help the local public darken their backyards, the 26 February lecture slot at the Highland Road Park Observatory will be devoted to a description of the 20/20 Vision Campaign, its successes to date and the hurdles still to surpass. The discussion is aimed at a general audience, has no admission fee and will begin at 7:30pm.

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Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

Post by Christopher K. » April 5th, 2016, 5:32 pm

Between 9pm and 9:15pm last night I took another triplet of SQMs at HRPO's back viewing pad. The readings were 18.75, 18.67 and 18.70. The mean was 18.71.

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Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

Post by Christopher K. » July 14th, 2016, 4:32 pm

Tomorrow night at 7:30pm, the Highland Road Park Observatory will present "200--The Natural Sky Goal". The title refers to BRAS' goal of 200 GLOBE at Night sky quality measurements in the state of Louisiana by the end of the year. (Last year's goal of 100 was easily accomplished.)

Previous lectures on light pollution at HRPO focused in part on several drawbacks of light pollution...
*hindrance of the nocturnal habits of animals
*wasted taxpayer money
*unsafe driving conditions
*possible deterioration of human health due to suppressed circadian rhythms

However, this presentation will focus almost exclusively on light pollution's damage to the hobby of skygazing. Highlights will include the many public statements from BRAS and the outcomes.

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Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

Post by Christopher K. » August 3rd, 2016, 4:59 pm

A Light Pollution Committee meeting is usually on the second Monday of the month from 6:15pm to 7pm, before the BRAS public meeting. However, since the August BRAS public meeting takes place off site, the Committee Chairman has set a double-length meeting for August. The meeting will be Monday 8 August from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Highland Road Park Observatory. Though the LPC is a subsection of BRAS, one does not have to be a BRAS member to attend.

This meeting will…
*introduce the general public to the LPC
*explain the LPC’s benefit to amateur astronomers, nature lovers, homeowners and taxpayers
*summarize the accomplishments of BRAS in this endeavor (including listing those entities with which BRAS has communicated)
*instruct those interested in seeing as much of the Perseid Meteor Shower as possible what steps to take to maximize their view of that celestial event.

Space is right overhead—double stars, nebulae, the Milky Way Galaxy and other galaxies. We can see it if we let it through.

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Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

Post by Christopher K. » December 1st, 2016, 3:45 pm

I do not believe BRAS will have an LPC meeting in December. However, we are in the home stretch for our goal of 200 measurements in the GLOBE at Night home science exercise. HRPO will host a GLOBE at Night training session on Friday 23 December from 6:45pm to 8:45pm. During this session visitors will learn the location and layout of the constellation Perseus, and how to use Perseus to obtain a light pollution measurement from home and report it on the GaN website. The session has no admission fee and is meant for adults and for kids aged eight and up.

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Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

Post by Christopher K. » November 3rd, 2017, 11:43 am

With two weeks left, it is painful but necessary to admit the 20/20 Vision Campaign will not accomplish its goal by HRPO's twentieth anniversary later this month. Therefore I will make a motion at the next LPC meeting (Wednesday the 8th at 5:45pm) that a vote be taken to make the 20/20 Vision Campaign perpetual until its stated goal (an SQM reading of 20.0 at the back viewing pad of the Highland Road Park Observatory) be accomplished.

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Re: 20/20 Vision Campaign

Post by Christopher K. » October 15th, 2018, 11:46 am

The 20/20 Vision Campaign has now ended. Per a decision from the Light Pollution Committee of BRAS, the spirit of this initiative will live on as "Free the Milky Way". That will be an ongoing push to bring 20.0 skies back to HRPO.

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