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 2016 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 Evenings

OMSI - RCA Public Star Parties
For most events - Weather permitting - Subject to change
Start at sundown and go until 11:00pm or so

Locations
Note: Milo McIver,
Rooster Rock
 and Stub Stewart
require a $5 Day Use fee
or $30 Yearly pass
Notes
Mar 19 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Vernal Equinox Celebration Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
2
Apr 16 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Planet Parade Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
2
May 14 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Astronomy Day Celebration Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
2
Jun 11 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Summer Solstice Celebration Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
2
Jul 16 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Lunar Viewing Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
2
Aug 12 Friday OMSI Public Star Party - Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
2
Sep 17 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Autumnal Equinox Celebration Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
2
For more Information contact the VP of Observing
    
Month & Day Evening Haggart Observatory & Star Party Public Nights
Weather permitting - Subject to change

Check the RCA calendar for evenings we'll be open

Location Notes
Jan  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 6-8:20pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Feb  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 6:30-9pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Mar  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 8:30-11pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Apr  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 9-11:30pm

Clackamas Community College

1
May  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Jun  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Jun  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Jul  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Aug  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Aug  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Sep  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 8:30-11pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Oct  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 7:30-10pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Nov  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 6-8:30pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Dec  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 5:30-8pm

Clackamas Community College

1
For more Information contact the Haggart Observatory Director
 
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
Locations Notes
June 4 Sat * Prineville Star Party Prineville, Oregon 2 & 4
June 29-July 3 Wed - Sun * Golden State Star Party Adin, California 3 & 4
Aug 2-6 Tue - Sat * Table Mountain Star Party Eden Valley, Washington 3 & 4
Aug 2-7 Tue - Sun * Oregon Star Party Indian Trail Spring, Oregon 3 & 4
Aug 31 - Sep 5 Thu - Sat * Brothers Star Party for the Oregon Observatory Brothers, Oregon 3 & 4
......
NOTES
No Fees, No Registration - 1
Note that there is a $5 day use charge at this Oregon State Park - 2
Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment Recommended, but you might be able to register and pay on site - 3
* These are Star Parties put on by other groups and are not RCA sponsored events - 4


 

Astronomy Clubs
Central Oregon Astronomical Society
China Lake Astronomical Society
Eugene Astronomical Society
Liverpool Astronomical Societies
Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers
Minnesota Sidewalk Astronomers
New Orleans Sidewalk Astronomy
Northern Arizona Astronomy
Northwest Astronomy Group
Origins of sidewalk astronomy
Rose City Astronomers
Roswell Astronomy Club
San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers
Seattle Astronomical Society
Toronto Sidewalk Astronomers
Yakima Valley Astronomy Club



Astronomy Information
Astronomy
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Carl Sagan
Heavens Above
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Meteor Crater
NASA
Planetary Society
SEDS Messier Catalog
SETI Institute
Sky & Telescope
Solar System Live
SPACE.com



Observatories
Big Bear Solar Observatory
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
Goldendale Observatory
Griffith Observatory
Lick Observatory    
Mauna Loa Observatory
Mt Wilson Observatory
Pine Mountain Observatory



Astronomy & Science
AMSKY
Astronomy Links
Cool Science Sites
OMSI
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Webmaster: Marc Chamberlin


Moon image courtesy of Patricia Ferry at Memaloose State Park on September 6, 2003.