Tract sizes range from 10 to 20-acres or more. Our mission is to preserve the Dark Skies for the residents of Sierra la Rana, the McDonald Observatory and the Big Bend Region today and for future generations. We have adopted lighting guidelines to preserve, protect, and enhance the nighttime use and enjoyment of any and all property at Sierra la Rana; reduce problems created by improperly designed and installed outdoor lighting; and minimize adverse effects on residents, vehicle operators and pedestrians, the natural environment, and astronomical observations; To encourage “good neighbor” lighting practices and systems that attempt to minimize light trespass and glare from shining onto abutting properties or into street traffic.
The Sierra la Astronomy Village is a designated area of the property with Astronomy Specific Deed Restrictions and Light Pollution Controls to maintain the observational quality of the Astronomy Village.
Common viewing area will provide:
- Seven concrete pads for staging telescopes.
- Electricity to concrete staging area.
- Picnic tables.
The common viewing area will double as a wildlife and birding viewing area during the daytime hours.
Sierra La Rana owners and guests prepare for June 2012 Star Party: