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OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group
      #4253170 - 12/16/10 08:17 PM

Just starting a brief thread in the area for Southern WA/ Northern OR/ Columbia Gorge region.

We have a nice area to observe in and tons of sites within the area which are dark.
Here's a short list of sites I've checked out and enjoyed:

Skyline Rd...15 mins from The Dalles/ Blue Zone
http://cleardarksky.com/c/SkylnRdORkey.html?1

Wapinita Air Strip..38 mins from The Dalles/ Grey Zone
http://cleardarksky.com/c/WpntArORkey.html

Skywatcher Observatory...33 mins from The Dalles/ Grey Zone
http://cleardarksky.com/c/SkWtrObORkey.html?1

SkyView Acres...1 hrs from The Dalles/ Grey Zone
http://cleardarksky.com/c/KlcktSPWAkey.html

Trout Lake... 1hr 7mins from The Dalles/ Grey Zone
http://cleardarksky.com/c/TrtLkWAkey.html?1

Hope to hear from you.

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Re: Oregon / Washington Columbia Gorge new [Re: sleepy]
      #4253223 - 12/16/10 08:42 PM

Nice list of choices, can't wait for nicer weather!

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Re: Oregon / Washington Columbia Gorge new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #4253376 - 12/16/10 09:50 PM

I have been to Skyview acres. Great location but a neighbor leaves an outdoor light on and won't cooperate. Still, very dark and has nice concrete pads to set up on. Good Luck!

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Re: Oregon / Washington Columbia Gorge new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #4254177 - 12/17/10 10:55 AM

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Nice list of choices, can't wait for nicer weather!




Ditto.


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Re: Oregon / Washington Columbia Gorge new [Re: cliff mygatt]
      #4254215 - 12/17/10 11:14 AM

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I have been to Skyview acres.
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...and has nice concrete pads to set up on







Thanks for the heads up Cliff.


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...but a neighbor leaves an outdoor light on and won't cooperate.




Thats too bad, one light can certainly mess it up.
We were viewing at a dark spot in Salmon Le Sac a few years back and the only neighbor in the area let us unscrew the bulbs on the front of his garage while we were viewing.


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Re: Oregon / Washington Columbia Gorge new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #4254216 - 12/17/10 11:15 AM

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Here's a short list of sites I've checked out and enjoyed:






Which one is your favorite?


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Re: Oregon / Washington Columbia Gorge new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #4254632 - 12/17/10 03:18 PM

Skyline Rd...!
Its rated a blue but its more a blue bordering on grey.
2275 above sea level and no light domes coming from civilization.
Skywatcher Observatory is cool too if you dont mind listening to the Deschutes and some canyon walls blocking the horizon....But its bloody dark.


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Re: Oregon / Washington Columbia Gorge new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #4254637 - 12/17/10 03:21 PM

I don't have first hand knowledge of this, so I could be dead wrong . . .

. . . but it's my understanding that the owner of Skyview Acres experienced major health problems about three years ago, and that the site has not been available since. I'm pretty sure that was the case, at least temporarily, three years ago, because that was when Tacoma Astro. Soc. started using my place near Goldendale instead of Skyview Acres for their summer kids' astro camp. I know the owner used to host the Klickitat Co. Star Party there, and that it hasn't existed for the past couple of years.

Incidentally, Sleepy, I'm glad you started this thread. I'll be interested to check out a couple of the grey area sites you listed, when I can get down there.


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Re: Oregon / Washington Columbia Gorge new [Re: Spaced]
      #4254649 - 12/17/10 03:27 PM

Any of you guys with Rose City astronomers?
They use the Wapinita airstrip for their gigs, its nice, but always breezy.


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Group new [Re: Spaced]
      #4254664 - 12/17/10 03:35 PM

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I'll be interested to check out a couple of the grey area sites you listed, when I can get down there.




I spend quite a bit of time on The Deschutes in a grey/black zone which isnt on CSC yet, but the fishing is great, all camp sites are by the water and the milky way will cast a shadow because its so dark.

Once again, if you are willing to give up 20 degrees of sky because of the canyon walls then you will be in heaven.


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Re: Oregon / Washington Columbia Gorge new [Re: sleepy]
      #4255614 - 12/18/10 01:00 AM

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Any of you guys with Rose City astronomers?
They use the Wapinita airstrip for their gigs, its nice, but always breezy.




They also use Kah-Nee-Ta and Camp Hancock. I haven't been to Kah-Nee-Ta yet but Hancock is a winner, though it gives up some horizon, too.


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4255623 - 12/18/10 01:09 AM

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I spend quite a bit of time on The Deschutes in a grey/black zone which isnt on CSC yet, but the fishing is great, all camp sites are by the water and the milky way will cast a shadow because its so dark.




Where do you go? Beavertail?


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Group new [Re: square_peg]
      #4256096 - 12/18/10 11:10 AM

Never camped at BT but it offers a nice viewing area before dropping into the canyon.
Im always fish upstream of Maupin and camp at Harpham Flats when I bring the scope.


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4259512 - 12/19/10 10:31 PM

Snowing further/ dob collecting dust/ anyone wanna play darts or something?......I have beer.

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4269337 - 12/24/10 11:51 AM Attachment (42 downloads)

Beers gone.........CSC = white across the board.

BTW, here's a general LP map for the gorge, The Dalles being in the cross hairs.


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4271434 - 12/25/10 04:40 PM

The 2 sites in the black there are Hancock and OSP.

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Group new [Re: square_peg]
      #4273002 - 12/26/10 05:16 PM

Saw the sun today for the first time in a good while.
Even the dogs where in awe.


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4277351 - 12/28/10 10:43 PM

Looks like some possible pockets of sky headed our way guys...I will take partly cloudy in a heartbeat.

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4277510 - 12/29/10 01:14 AM

I think it's supposed to be nice after tomorrow for several days up here in Puget Sound country.

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Group new [Re: Spaced]
      #4279600 - 12/30/10 06:28 AM Attachment (39 downloads)

yawn...3am, scopes acclimating, it's gonna be a beautiful session.


4am with 10f4.7 dob/10mm ep...not too bad for a cell phone shot.


Edited by sleepy (12/30/10 08:36 AM)


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4284978 - 01/01/11 03:01 PM

I started the Columbia Gorge Astronomers Club in 2000 when I was living near Stevenson Washington. At one point there were over 70 people on the e-mail list. There were no dues or fees to join, all you needed was just an interest in astronomy.

With the help of the Skamania County Parks and Recreation and the Goldendale Observatory, we held several star parties at Rock Creek Park in Stevenson and the Goldendale Observatory.

We also did a few meetings the the Discovery Center in The Dalles. Attendance at these events was very good.


I moved out of the area in 2003 and because of this, club activity stopped. I still get several e-mails a year asking about the Columbia Gorge Astronomers Club, and many times I have considered trying to start up the club again. However many factors keep me from doing this.

I would really like to see another Astronomy club started up in the Columbia Gorge area.

Mike Gimmey


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: mgimmey]
      #4285066 - 01/01/11 03:38 PM

It would be great to get a hold of those people some how.
Its always been a privledge playing sidewalk astronomer and having folks see stuff they have never seen.

Let me know if there is something I can do to help.


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4301800 - 01/09/11 01:56 AM

Skies were somewhat ok on this end tonight.... carved through the Virgo group from my back patio.
Good times.


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4301843 - 01/09/11 03:10 AM

Still cloudy here.

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: square_peg]
      #4301850 - 01/09/11 03:43 AM

Looks like you have a possible session coming up according to csc......yay!

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4313355 - 01/14/11 02:10 AM

Hey!

Where is every body?


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4313396 - 01/14/11 03:39 AM

Hiding from the rain.

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      #4335115 - 01/23/11 06:27 PM

Great evenings lately....even though the moon is up its nice to be able to see it.

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4335868 - 01/24/11 01:04 AM

STill cloudy here in PDX although it is supposed to clear up in a few days...unlikely though as new equipment has arrived

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: WOBentley]
      #4361851 - 02/03/11 10:32 PM

Great sessions out here these days.
Just love the chill in the air.

Hows it going with the rest of the local gang?


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #4362947 - 02/04/11 01:12 PM

2 good nights in PDX, but last night was cloudy

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      #4409210 - 02/24/11 08:25 PM

Whats goin on in the gorge ?

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #5298565 - 07/01/12 09:33 PM

OOOOOK, Long time no post.

We started a page on Facebook named the "Columbia Gorge Astronomy Buffs", feel free to drop in and us it as a means to share photos, posts, etc
Secondly
I'll be doing a small astronomy session at Memaloose St Park on July 14th, and August 18.
Lets hope for clear skies!


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #5298716 - 07/01/12 11:24 PM

If you could continue to post here also I'd appreciate it. I tend to stay away from Facebook.

Thanks,
Brad


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: BradleyB]
      #5299230 - 07/02/12 11:23 AM

Will do!

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #5549945 - 12/02/12 08:57 AM

Just an update.
Our page on facebook was changed to "Columbia gorge amateur astronomers."
We got the honor of doing a bi weekly column in "The Dalles Chronicle" newspaper in Oregon.
Will be posting Star party events on FB page, and in the paper.


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #5553747 - 12/04/12 10:53 AM

Joe, I use Facebook at most as much as Brad does but I did see your note here.

I' d be willing to allow use of my property for a star party. It's a bit harder to find than the G/dale Observ. and more difficult access when found, but much better skies.


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: Spaced]
      #5554418 - 12/04/12 06:39 PM

Thank you so much Steve!
I'll be contacting you on that for sure!


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #5874320 - 05/20/13 05:51 PM

Hey folks!
It's been a while and so I've decided to update the world.
Facebook page is still running, search "Columbia Gorge Amateur Astronomers".
We are planning to host a few star parties this summer in the region.
Will update soon


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #5875740 - 05/21/13 12:20 PM

Wellll, Facebook is something I don't touch.

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: Spaced]
      #5877399 - 05/22/13 03:44 AM

Ditto for me - will you keep us posted here as well?

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: BYoesle]
      #5886315 - 05/26/13 10:31 PM

Sure will

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #5887888 - 05/27/13 08:44 PM

Hi Joe!! I finally got my password straightened out.
Now I can join in with all the fun on CN!!


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: astronomania]
      #5887899 - 05/27/13 08:54 PM

yay!!!

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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: Spaced]
      #6286502 - 01/01/14 09:35 PM

Just another update friends.
Located in the Columbia gorge is a nice little group of astronomers that just want to keep getting the observing going and sessions happening.
We are trying and getting a club together, so far its a facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaGorgeAmateurAstronomers
.. and an email address:
columbiagorgeama@yahoo.com
Im currently working on a light pollution problem and could use some entry level help with getting stuff going in that area.
Thanks for any advice and ideas, feel free to check out our humble page too.

Cheers
Jo


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: sleepy]
      #6464991 - 04/14/14 01:46 AM

Hi Jo,

I'm in Goldendale, and helping to revive Friends Of Goldendale Observatory. We're making a push to get Goldendale and Klickitat Co to enforce and improve their LP ordinances.

You can see our web site page on LP here:

http://www.goldendaleobservatory.com/light-pollution.html

We are also looking for help with Board members, so if you or any of your friends would be interested, please PM me.

Best wishes,

Bob


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Re: OR/WA Columbia Gorge Astronomy group new [Re: BYoesle]
      #6465438 - 04/14/14 11:01 AM

Joe, I hope you can swing by Pixieland at the end of May!

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