Vancouver, Washington USA


The Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers are a loosely knit group of amateur astronomers from the Vancouver / Portland area dedicated to sharing a view of the heavens with all who are interested. Typically a "Star Party" is scheduled and interested individuals are notified of the time and place. Frequently a telescope or other equipment is demonstrated for the budding astronomer. At times a general invitation to the public is advertised in "The Columbian".
At a star party all interested are welcome to stop and take a peek through the telescopes. Occasionally astronomy classes are given with a star party following. Teachers are welcome to contact us regarding setting up star parties for individual classes.

Star parties provide an excellent way to be introduced to astronomy. Unlike most sciences, the amateur can play a major role in astronomy. Most of the commercial or institutional telescopes have to be put to some very specialized uses in order to justify the cost of their existence. Many tasks of astronomy can only be accomplished by dedicated amateur astronomers equipped with small telescopes and simple equipment.


 Contact

E-mail VSA Founder Stan Seeberg if you would like to receive information about upcoming sky events or have any questions.






Upcomming 2014 Star Parties

What's in our current sky? Visit Skymaps for details


Star Parties for the following:

OREGON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY [OMSI]
VANCOUVER SIDEWALK ASTRONOMERS [VSA]
ROSE CITY ASTRONOMERS [RCA]


Local Weather


Mount St. Helens Volcano Watch


   
Month & Day Evening OMSI-RCA Public Star Parties
Star Party Tips
For most events - Weather permitting - Subject to change
Start at sundown and go until 11:00pm or so, except as noted
Locations See
Notes
Below
Mar 22 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Vernal Equinox Celebration Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Apr 14 Monday OMSI Public Star Party - Total Lunar Eclipse Milo McIver State Park 2
April 19 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Planet Parade Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
May 10 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Astronomy Day Celebration Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Jun 21 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Summer Solstice Celebration Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Jul 12 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Lunar Viewing Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Aug 12 Tuesday OMSI Public Star Party - Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Sep 20 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Autumnal Equinox Celebration Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Oct 8
1:00am-5:30am
Wednesday
Morning
OMSI Public Star Party - Total Lunar Eclipse Milo McIver State Park 2
Oct 23
12:30pm-5pm
Thursday
Daytime
OMSI Public Star Party - Partial Solar Eclipse OMSI East Parking Lot 1

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Month & Day Evening Haggart Observatory Public Nights
Weather permitting - Subject to change
Starts at sunset and goes until 11:00pm or so, except as noted
Location See
Notes
Below
Jan 4 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Feb 1 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Mar 8 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Apr 5 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
May 17 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Jun 14 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Jul 18 Friday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Aug 16 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Sep 13 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Oct 18 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Nov 15 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Dec 13 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1

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Month & Day Night(s) Regional Star Parties within 1 days drive
* These are Star Parties put on by other groups and are not RCA sponsored events
Most of the require pre-registration - check their website for further info.
Locations See
Notes
Below
May 31 Sat * Prineville Reservoir Star Party Prineville, Oregon 4 & 6
Jun 25 - 29 Wed - Sun * Golden State Star Party Adin, California 4 & 6
Jul 22 - 26 Tue - Sat * Table Mountain Star Party Eden Valley, Washington 4 & 6
Aug 19 - 24 Tue - Sat * Oregon Star Party Indian Trail Spring, Oregon 4 & 6
Sep 24 - 27 Thu - Sat * Brothers Star Party Brothers, Oregon 4 & 6

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Month & Day Night(s) Rose City Astronomers Member Star Parties
For RCA Members and Their Guests
RCA Member Star Party Etiquette
Weather permitting - Subject to change
the only exception is Hancock which takes place no matter what the weather.
Impromptu Star Parties may happen at any time - RCA Members can check here!
Locations
.
Note: Rooster Rock and Stub Stewart
require a $5 Day Use fee
or $30 Yearly pass
See
Notes
Below
January 2014
Jan 3 Fri RCA Member Star Party Rooster Rock State Park 2
Jan 24 Fri RCA Member Star Party Rooster Rock State Park 2
Jan 25 Sat RCA Member Star Party Stub Stewart State Park 2
February 2014
Feb 28- Mar 1 Fri-Sat RCA Member Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Maupin Wapinita Airstrip 1
Feb 28 Fri RCA Member Star Party Rooster Rock State Park 2
March 2014
Mar 1 Sat RCA Member Star Party Stub Stewart State Park 2
Mar 28-29 Fri - Sat RCA Member Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Maupin Wapinita Airstrip 1
Mar 28 Fri RCA Member Star Party Rooster Rock State Park 2
Mar 29 Sat RCA Member Star Party Stub Stewart State Park 2
April 2014
Apr 25-26 Fri - Sat RCA Member Dark Sky Weekend - Pre-registration required Camp Hancock 5
Apr 25 Fri RCA Member Star Party Rooster Rock State Park 2
Apr 26 Sat RCA Member Star Party Stub Stewart State Park 2
May 2014
May 23-24 Fri - Sat RCA Member Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Maupin Wapinita Airstrip 1
May 23 Fri RCA Member Star Party Rooster Rock State Park 2
May 24 Sat RCA Member Star Party Stub Stewart State Park 2
June 2014
Jun 27-28 Fri - Sat RCA Member Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Maupin Wapinita Airstrip 1
Jun 27 Fri RCA Member Star Party Rooster Rock State Park 2
Jun 28 Sat RCA Member Star Party Stub Stewart State Park 2
July 2014
Jul 19 Sat RCA Member Picnic and Star Party Stub Stewart State Park 2
Jul 25-26 Fri - Sat RCA Member Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Trout Lake Flat Top Sno-Park 1
August 2014
Aug 27-30 Wed - Sat RCA Member Star Party Mt St Helens 1
September 2014
Sep 19-20 Fri - Sat RCA Member Dark Sky Weekend - Pre-registration required Camp Hancock 5
Sep 25-27 Thu - Sat RCA Member Dark Sky Star Party Week Indian Trail Spring 1
Sep 26 Fri RCA Member Star Party Rooster Rock State Park 2
Sep 27 Sat RCA Member Star Party Stub Stewart State Park 2
October 2014
Oct 24-25 Fri - Sat RCA Member Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Maupin Wapinita Airstrip 1
Oct 24 Fri RCA Member Star Party Rooster Rock State Park 2
Oct 25 Sat RCA Member Star Party Stub Stewart State Park 2
November 2014
Nov 21 Fri RCA Member Star Party Rooster Rock State Park 2
Nov 22 Sat RCA Member Star Party Stub Stewart State Park 2
December 2014
Dec 19 Fri RCA Member Star Party Rooster Rock State Park 2
Dec 20 Sat RCA Member Star Party Stub Stewart State Park 2

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NOTES
No Fees, No Registration - 1
Note that there is a $5 Day Use charge (or $30 Yearly pass) required at this Oregon State Park - 2
Advance Reservations are Highly Recommended & No Camping at the Viewing Area - 3
Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment Recommended, but you might be able to register and pay on site - 4
Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment required, no on-site registration - 5
* These are Star Parties put on by other groups and are not RCA sponsored events - 6

New Moons for 2014
Jan 1 - Jan 30 - Mar 1 - Mar 30 - Apr 29 - May 28 - Jun 27 - Jul 26 - Aug 25 - Sep 24 - Oct 23 - Nov 22 - Dec 21


 

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