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sleepy
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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.

Cheers
Sleepy


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Sky Captain
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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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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

Quote:

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 (46 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 (42 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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