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 2013 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 Day of Week OMSI-RCA Public Star Parties
For most events - Weather permitting - Subject to change
Start at sundown and go until 11:00pm or so, except as noted
Locations Notes
Mar 23 Sat OMSI Public Star Party - Vernal Equinox Celebration Cancelled 2
Apr 20 Sat OMSI Public Star Party - Astronomy Day Celebration Cancelled 2
May 25 Sat OMSI Public Star Party - Planet Parade Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart 2
Jun 15 Sat OMSI Public Star Party - Summer Solstice Celebration Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart 2
Jul 20 Sat OMSI Public Star Party - Lunar Viewing Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart 2
Aug 12 Mon OMSI Public Star Party - Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart 2
Sep 21 Sat OMSI Public Star Party - Autumnal Equinox Celebration Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart 2
......
Month & Day Day of Week Haggart Observatory Public Nights
Weather permitting - Subject to change
Starts at sunset and goes until 11:00pm or so, except as noted
Location Notes
Jan 12 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Feb 9 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Mar 16 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Apr 6 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
May 18 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Jun 22 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Jul 6 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Aug 3 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Sep 14 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Oct 26 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Nov 30 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
Dec 28 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night

Clackamas Community College

1
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Month & Day Day of Week 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 1 Sat *Prineville Reservoir Star Party Prineville, Oregon 6
Jul 6 - 10 Sat - Wed *Golden State Star Party Adin, California 4 & 6
Aug 6 - 11 Tue - Sun *Oregon Star Party Indian Trail Spring, Oregon 4 & 6
Aug 7 - 11 Thu - Sun *Table Mountain Star Party Oroville, Washington 4 & 6
Sep 4 - 8 Wed - Sun *Brothers Star Party for the Oregon Observatory Brothers, Oregon 4 & 6
......
Month & Day Day of Week Rose City Astronomers club Star Parties
For most events - Weather permitting - Subject to change
exceptions are Kah-Nee-Ta, and Hancock which take place no matter what the weather.
Impromptu Star Parties may happen at any time - RCA Members can check here!
Locations Notes
Mar 8- 10 Fri - Sun RCA Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Maupin. OR 1
Apr 5 - 7 Fri - Sun RCA Camp Hancock Weekend - Pre-registration required Clarno, OR 5
Apr 12 - 14 Fri - Sun RCA Dark Sky Star Party Weekend CANCELLED 1
May 3 - 5 Fri - Sun RCA Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Maupin. OR 1
May 10 - 12 Fri - Sun RCA Star Party Weekend Kah-Nee-Ta 1
Jun 1 Sat RCA Star Party Rooster Rock 2
Jun 7 - 9 Fri - Sun RCA Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Maupin. OR 1
Jul 12 - 14 Fri - Sun RCA Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Trout Lake, WA 1
Aug 7 - 11 Wed - Sun RCA Dark Sky Star Party Skyview Acres, Goldendale, WA 1
Aug 31 Sat RCA Dark Sky Star Party Stub Stewart Star Party 2
Sep 6 - 8 Fri - Sun RCA Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Maupin. OR 1
Sep 26 - 29 Thu - Sun RCA Dark Sky Star Party Weekend Skyview Acres, Goldendale, WA 1
Sep 28 Sat RCA Star Party White River 1
Oct 4 - 6 Fri - Sun RCA Camp Hancock Weekend - Pre-registration required Clarno, OR 5
Nov 1 - 3 Wed - Sun RCA Dark Sky Star Party Skyview Acres, Goldendale, WA 1
.......
NOTES
No Fees, No Registration - 1
Note that there is a $5 day use charge 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 2013
Jan 11 - Feb 10 - Mar 11 - Apr 10 - May 9 - Jun 8 - Jul 8 - Aug 6 - Sep 5 - Oct 4 - Nov 3 - Dec 2


 

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