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Oregon Star Party - July 21-26, 2020

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#1 audioaficionado

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Posted 10 October 2019 - 10:48 PM

Oregon Star Party July 21-26, 2020

 

Excellent dark skies – central Oregon – 5000 feet at Indian Trail Spring in the Ochoco National Forest.

Registration should open mid-April. You don't want to miss early registration as the price doubles after that.

 

http://oregonstarparty.org/

https://www.facebook...39843939362143/

 

Hopefully we have a mostly smoke free event since it's in July.


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#2 RedshiftRob

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 10:45 PM

I put in for the vacation time the week I got back from this years OSP.. Looking forward to another great one..

 

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 09:21 PM

Yep, I have to have my vacation times submitted by this December 15th or lose my seniority. It's first come, first serve after that.



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Posted 26 October 2019 - 11:44 AM

Does anyone know why they went with the July date instead of August? Is it because there's less chance of wildfires?

 

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Posted 26 October 2019 - 12:30 PM

Yup.

 

The change in dates is to try and avoid smoke.  Historically, they've chosen the August new moon to get some extra hours of darkness.  The forest fire situation has been so bad in the last few years, though, that smoke has been pervasive most of the last few years (more than a few years, actually).

 

This year was also pretty early, since the new moon fell at the beginning and the end of the month.  They went with the earlier new moon to avoid having the star party end on Labor Day weekend.  Probably not by coincidence, this was one of the better years for weather.  Hopefully this new scheduling will work out.  When the OSP sky is both dark and with high transparency, it is simply amazing.


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Posted 26 November 2019 - 02:20 AM

Well, I also have the vacation time off and will make the journey to the Northwest to meet up with my Son and Grandson for some photon gathering adventures.  Looking forward to the adjustment on the calendar that the talk of less smoke in the surroundings.  Was there one other time and the smoke was very disappointing.  Though it was my 1st gathering at a National Star Party and was amazed by the loss of my familiar pointer stars.  Love the "star pollution" as I lovingly call it- when there are too many (if that is at all possible), stars to make out the constellation outlines!!

 

Clear skies,

 

Frank.


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Posted 28 November 2019 - 01:40 PM

This has become a tradition for the family, 2019 was great! I plan to go up a couple of days earlier this time, hope the snow is melted by then.

 

Gary



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Posted 29 November 2019 - 10:30 PM

Nice thing about OSP is that you can camp early and leave after the star party. I might give it a try next year for some extra nights.



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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:58 AM

Go early and stay late is a winner.



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Posted Yesterday, 03:57 PM

This will be our 4th OSP. I went in 2012. My wife and I have been there 2017 and 2018. This will be our first time in July. Hope for great moderate weather and no smoke. I made upgrades to my Arctic Fox 22G last summer. I can now run my air conditioner using solar only as long as sun shines.

 

We have gone to the Golden State Star Party every year since 2008. We like to go the OSP when we have enough vacation time to spend a full 7 nights there.



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Posted Today, 03:51 AM

I've been away from OSP and amateur astronomy in general for several years due to health problems.  How I have missed it!  I'm going to try to make it this year.  I'm looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new.  

 

I used to describe OSP as "where good nerds go when they die."  Its a little slice of heaven.  

 

'Looking forward to seeing you all there!

 

Julia




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