.. The Oregon Star Party, 1988-2015

One amateur astronomer's Impressions (See bottom of page for OSP info, mileage logs, and links).

OSP 1998. Attendance was about 600, out of which 166 got out of bed to pose for the annual Group photo. We're at our 5,000 foot high site in the Ochoco Mountains of Eastern Oregon. That year the Swayze-built 40 inch Dobsonian Telescope gave eye-popping views of the heavens to anyone brave enough to ascend the lofty ladder to its eyepiece; some said it was a Staircase to Heaven.... OMSI, Oregon's premier science museum, helps sponsor the event every year.... The Rose City Astronomers, Oregon's largest club, is also heavily involved (see more at bottom of page)... I have been the official Group Photographer since 1988, and all the past years' photos are available for ordering.
OSP 2014 Photo Shoot was really fun. We had 115 persons and 2 dogs in attendance. The photos will be mailed or emailed after I receive the listings of who ordered what from the OSP Committee (today's date = August 30). 2014's overall attendance was about 540 persons.
2013 OSP. Attendance for 2013 was 570 persons, with 114 persons in the Group photo...... Click here to view 2011 and 2012 photos.
OSP 2010 Group Photo: Due to the somewhat reduced overall star party attendance in 2010, caused by the Recession plus the scheduling overlap with the Table Mountain Star Party, the 2010 Group Photo contained a smaller number than usual-- 76 people and 1 dog. Still a really fun group of folks! The finished prints were mailed on September 30th, 2010. The email versions were sent about one week before that (Note: several email recipients never did reply to my email asking them to confirm). ...Please click on OSP 2009 below for that year, and don't miss 2008 below that, where you'll be guided to several new pages I've created about various OSP topics of interest, such as tours of the interesting mountains that surround our OSP site!
OSP 2009 click image
OSP 2008click image
OSP 2007 click image
OSP 2006 click image
OSP 2005 click image
OSP 2004 Group Photo
OSP 2003 Group Photo (900 attendees)
OSP 2002 Group Photo!
OSP 2001 click image....
OSP 2000 click image
OSP1999 click image.
See Group Photographer at his leisure at OSP

Oregon Star Party History Section
Click here for a big selection of OSP images dating back to 1988 in the Steens, and now including a link to Rob Brown's "Dead Tree Chronicles,"and to the Strongs' discovery of Indian Trail Springs! Latest addition is a guided tour of the waters of the actual Indian Trail Spring itself, and you'll also be guided to some classic OSP stickers!

Panoramas and Binocular Astronomy!
Here's the promised 360-degree panorama of the 1999 Oregon Star Party, taken from high atop the roof of Chuck and Judy's RV. See if you can pick out your campsite and scope, and those of your friends! Note: recently, I have added also a Panorama of the site from 2009!
Click here for your Panoramic view of our entire Indian Trail Spring Site (a 2014 updated view will be added this Fall)
The Camping Experience is treasured at OSP
OSP Recreation-- Mars Rover Races and Zing Wings!
Click here for several pages about binocular astronomy, including several astro binocular reviews, and links to good binocular repairmen
(click to hear the original Star Trek theme)**
Huge, Spectacular image of Leonids 2001 Fireball-- use as your screensaver!
Astro Gear and Binoculars for Sale or Trade

See a Panorama of this author's (former) astronomy property located 12 miles south of Prineville, Oregon (about 30 air miles southwest of the OSP site).
Canyonland, Bruce Johnson's own Astro Retreat!

April 2008. Click below for the latest news and developments from Highgate Farm Star Party. This site is a 100 acre farm on the southern fringe of the Portland Metro Area that is being considered as a permanent "nearby" viewing site by RCA.

Highgate Farm Star Parties
Oregon's Odds for Clear Skies and no Rain-- Regional Comparisons, includes several pages about Oregon climatology
Is Global Warming Gradually Messing up Astronomy in Oregon?

The Strongs originally found our OSP site at Indian Trail Springs! Click here to visit Juniper Sky, Gary and Carolyn Strong's year-round version of OSP, and a neighbor of Canyonland!

Every astronomer needs to know the exact times of their local sunrise and sunset , and what phase that troublesome Moon is in, so click now!
Read the little-known pre-history of the establishment of Pine Mountain Observatory, includes link to Pine Moutain's year-round, live-action Webcam where at times you can see fellow astronomers setting up and taking down their star parties!
Is there a link between Ice Ages on Earth and Solar Activity?

Click this link to Order "The Oregon Weather Book" by George Taylor and Raymond F. Hatton, with photos and some research by myself, Bruce Johnson.

 
Go to the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, and witness 200 brave OSP astronomers!

Sunset at OSP 2009, Thursday night.
OSP 2015 will be August 11-16. This will coincide with the Perseids meteor shower! See official OSP site below for information about OSP 2015
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Click for mileage logs to/from OSP from various cities
For further information please contact the
Oregon Star party, Inc. Jim Todd & Tony Hill, OSP co-directors. The official website:
http://www.oregonstarparty.org
Mail them at their snail-mail address: Oregon Star Party
PO Box 1396
Clackamas, Oregon 97015
or e-Mail them at: OSP Inc.

 

Rose City Astronomers' members have many great individual websites: click here to see the listings!

Visit the Websites of two nationally-known artists, both of whom also do stunning space art (go to middle of the page, please)


MEET BIG RED, A CLASSIC DOBSONIAN SIGNED BY JOHN DOBSON HIMSELF

The Starry Messenger magazine, a historical remembrance! And Galileo's connection to this magazine!

Haggart Observatory- Big Scopes in Oregon City!

In the Central Willamette Valley and need a Club? Talk to the Salem Club, Nightsky45


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08/30/2014 August 2014


Bruce Johnson's Mileage Log to and from OSP
(Ochoco Mtns, at Indian Trail Springs (ITS)... Note: Google Earth maps locate our site as being on "National Forest Develop Road 800," and also show it as "Fox Reservoir Road"...They display our altitude as 5,030 feet... They show the road to Indian Trail Springs as "North Fork Road," but do not label the spring itself. .. The aerial maps are so good that if we'd been on-site when the photos were taken, you could have clearly seen our cars and the bigger scopes!
Note: click here for description of the Alternate Route from Prineville up to OSP)
 
Olympia, Washington to OSP site = 426 miles, via Hwy 12 (White Pass) to Yakima, and
thence along Hwy 97 to Prineville (compare with just 200 miles from central Portland
to OSP, or to 225 miles from Canby to OSP)
OSP TO OLYMPIA via the shortest route = 302 miles, which is over Government Camp and
up I-205 and I-5.
BEND TO OLYMPIA, via Government Camp, I-205, and I-5 = 266 MILES
(compare to 392 miles taking the route along Hwy 97 to Yakima, and over White Pass
on Hwy 12)
PRINEVILLE TO OSP (Indian Trail Springs, "ITS") = 48 miles
PRINEVILLE TO PORTLAND = 146 MILES (taken from the Highway Dept. road sign as you
leave Prineville headed toward Madras on Hwy 26)
Add the above figures, which gives 196 miles between OSP and Portland (but which
side of Portland is this?). Just call it "about 200 miles" is my vote.
OSP back to downtown BEND = 88 miles (via the "back way" where you cut off at Powell
Buttes and come in near the Bend airport, I call this route "the Alfafa cutoff")
BEND TO GOVERNMENT CAMP ON MT. HOOD = 106 miles
BEND TO PORTLAND (via Government Camp, and to the junction of I-84 and I-205) = 156
miles.
BEND TO OLYMPIA, WA, via Government Camp, I-205, and I-5 = 266 MILES (compare to
392 miles taking the route through Yakima and along Hwy 97)
 
BEND BACK TO EAST SIDE OF PORTLAND (junction of I-84 and I-205) = 156 miles
Olympia to Goldendale, WA, elev. 1,600 ft = 246 miles. Goldendale is site of the Goldendale Observatory and of Skyview Acres. (this is a whole lot further than from Canby to Bend!)
Some Route Details:
Olympia to the turnoff to Yakima (I-5 to junction of Hwy 12) = 38 miles
(here the highway sign states it is 140 miles more to Yakima)
Olympia to the small town of Morton at 900 ft. elev. = 70 miles
(compare to Canby to Timberline Lodge is only 73 miles)
Olympia to the turnoff to the road that goes up to the north side of
Mt. St. Helens (Windy Ridge viewpoint) = 84 miles, and an estimated
25-40 more miles up to the Mtn. itself.
Randle, 900 ft. elev. 88 miles from Olympia
Olympia to turnoff to the Goat Rocks Wilderness-- turnoff is shortly before Packwood,
and is labelled to Walupt Lake. Turnoff is 100 miles from Olympia, and is 1,000 ft
elev. est. another 20 miles to trailheads (therefore at about 120 miles, this is twice
as far way as hiking on Mt. Hood from Canby)
Olympia to the cute little resort/mountain town of Packwood is about 105 miles, elev.
of Packwood is about 1,200 ft. The road branches left to the southern entrance of
Mt. Rainier Park about 5 miles east of Packwood (at about 110 miles from Olympia)
Olympia to White Pass and White Pass Ski Area (see below)
Mileage Log going east via Hwy 12 and Yakima, Hwy 97, and then up to OSP site.
Olympia to White Pass, 124 miles (compare to 63 miles from Canby to Government Camp)
Olympia to Yakima, 176 miles (compare to 135 from Canby to Bend via Hwy 22 and Santiam
Pass, or compare to only 90 miles from Canby to Kahneeta!)
Yakima back to White Pass, only 52 miles (don't they have a great deal
to get up to a good ski area!)
Olympia to Goldendale, WA, elev. 1,600 ft = 246 miles. Goldendale is site of the Goldendale Observatory and of Skyview Acres. (this is a whole lot further than from Canby to Bend!)
 
PRINEVILLE TO OSP (Indian Trail Springs, "ITS") = 48 miles
PRINEVILLE TO PORTLAND = 146 MILES (taken from the Highway Dept. road sign as you leave Prineville headed toward Madras on Hwy 26)
Add the above, gives 196 miles between OSP and Portland (but which side of Portland is this?). Just call it "about 200 miles" is my vote.
OSP BACK TO downtown BEND = 88 miles (via the "back way" where you cut off at Powell Buttes and come in near the Bend airport)
BEND TO GOVERNMENT CAMP ON MT. HOOD = 106 miles
BEND TO PORTLAND (Via Government Camp, and to the junction of I-84 and I-205) = 156 miles
BEND TO OLYMPIA, WA, VIA GOVERNMENT CAMP, I-205, AND I-5 = 266 MILES (compare to 426 miles taking the route through Yakima and along Hwy 97)
 
BEND BACK TO EAST SIDE OF PORTLAND (junction of I-84 and I-205) = 156 miles
OSP BACK TO OLYMPIA VIA GOVERNMENT CAMP, I-205 AND I-5 = 302 miles.
4/08/2013