OSP, Indian Trail Springs,
Ochoco Mountains, 1992-the Present, Images and Text
Ochoco Mountains, near Prineville---- In 1992 we moved our site
over a 100 miles closer to civilization, and now revel in Expresso,
a mini-restaurant, a remote Internet provider, and Vigorous showers!
Click here to see Mary at work in THE CHUCKWAGON. Click here for a looks at our
expresso stand and our remote ISP provider!
Pat Lewis wins again in the Ochoco Mountains, this time Grand
Prize! Although you'd need a microscope to see her, she can also
be seen in the 1992 Group Photo below! Also, click
here to see a grainy enlargement of her from the 1992 Group
Photo! ....The OSP 95 Group Photo also is the one featuring two
nationally famed astro-personalities-- John Dobson and Richard
Berry, both very visible in the front row of the picture! (6x6 Fuji Reala, neg 6)
First Ochocos Group Photo
is still the Largest!
We are at our new
Site at 5000 feet in the Ochoco Mountains! It's OSP '92, and we
are at Rob's Tree. Adult pre-registration prices stood at only
$10 per adult. 1992 was the year that the tradition of OSP door
prizes began, with Candace Pratt as "Door Prize Director."
193 people (and
two dogs) are in this shot from 1992. As of OSP 2009, that is
still the record for the largest group ever to assemble for an
OSP Group Photo!
Click here to go
to a much
larger version of
Group Photo 1992, plus a Door Prize picture
tree was felled by vandals sometime in late winter 1995, or spring
of 1996. Click for a large picture of "Chuck's Tree,"
its Replacement! ..And then Click this link for
Tree Chronicles, "
Rob's own extensive historical take on Rob's Tree, Chuck's Tree,
and lore on the dangers of mountain lightening.... The 1996 OSP
Group Photo shows Rob mournfully holding a huge chunk of his beloved
SKIES AT OUR NEW OCHOCOS SITE BRING MANY WOWS (1993)
OSP 1993 WAS
INCREDIBLE: My old friend
Stan Seeburg writes below about his memories
of the insanely dark skies of OSP 1993 .... Stan is one of the
masterminds, maybe even the actual founder, of the Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers (VSA)..... When I met him in the late
1980s, it was in the dark (of course), and we were perched over
scopes high on the oak-covered hill that shelters the Goldendale
Observatory. It was a big Mars viewing night, and he'd brought
a large group over from Vancouver. WHY
WERE THE SKIES SO TRANSPARENT AT OSP 93? The answer is a bit grim:
an enormously powerful thunderstorm with intense heavy rains and
booming lightning hit the site the night before the night Stan
remembers! A large Ponderosa pine at the north end of the site
was hit and demolished during the night, sending dangerous pieces
flying, nearly hitting the tent of this cowering writer at about
2 am. It was so memorable that a "I Survived the 1993 Oregon Star Party"
T-shirt was made!
Stan exclaims in the VSA
newsletter: "DON'T MISS THE OREGON STAR PARTY ! This year's
(2007) marvelous Oregon Star Party will be held in Central Oregon
between August 16 and 19 and is an event not to be missed! Many
of you know about it already, but for those who don't, it is a
great opportunity to get away from the common things of life and
to truly experience the grandeur of nature and the wonders of
the universe. You will be with like-minded folks and will find
yourself immersed in incredible beauty. We have been to three
of these awe-inspiring events. The
one in 1993 was something
we'll never forget. A crystal-clear afternoon slowly dissolved
into evening twilight. To the east a huge swath of the Earth's
shadow was manifesting itself. As it slowly faded from view the
first celestial lights appeared. Long before the end of evening
twilight the great band of the Milky Way made its appearance.
The sky darkened further, and there it was, in all its glory,
an edge-on view of our great galaxy. It stretched across the sky
ending up brilliantly in the south where it was suddenly cut off
by a black horizon. Word simply cannot describe that truly celestial
experience! " .... Stan doesn't mention how beautiful OSP
mornings can be, so I've included a "Start of the Day"
picture from OSP 2009: WOW. THIS IS PEACE.
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