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 2015 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
Except Apr 4

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
Note: Milo McIver, Rooster Rock
 and Stub Stewart require
 a $5 Day Use fee or $30 Yearly pass
Notes
Jan 20 Tuesday OMSI Public Star Party - Comet Lovejoy Viewing Milo McIver & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Mar 28 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Vernal Equinox Celebration Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Apr 4 Saturday 5am OMSI Public Star Party - Lunar Eclipse - 5:00 am Milo McIver State Park 2
Apr 25 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Astronomy Day Celebration Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
May 23 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Planet Parade Rooster Rock & Stub StewartState Parks 2
Jun 20 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Summer Solstice Celebration Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Jul 25 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Lunar Viewing Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Aug 12 Wednesday OMSI Public Star Party - Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Sep 19 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Autumnal Equinox Celebration Rooster Rock & Stub Stewart State Parks 2
Sep 27 Sunday OMSI Public Star Party - Total Lunar Eclipse OMSI East Parking Lot 1
For more Information contact the VP of Observing  
Month & Day Evening Haggart Observatory & Star Party Public Nights
Weather permitting - Subject to change
Location Notes
Jan 24 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 6-8:20pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Feb 14 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 6:30-9pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Mar 27 Friday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 8:30-11pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Apr 24 Friday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 9-11:30pm

Clackamas Community College

1
May 22 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Jun 5 Friday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Jun 6 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Jul 24 Friday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Aug 7 Friday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Aug 8 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

1
Sep 5 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 8:30-11pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Oct 3 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 7:30-10pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Nov 7 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 6-8:30pm

Clackamas Community College

1
Dec 5 Saturday

Haggart Observatory Public Night & Public Star Party - 5:30-8pm

Clackamas Community College

1
For more Information contact the Haggart Observatory Director
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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
Locations Notes
May 16 Sat * Prineville Star Party Prineville, Oregon 2 & 4
July 15-18 Wed - Sun * Golden State Star Party Adin, California 3 & 4
Aug 11-15 Tue - Sat * Table Mountain Star Party Eden Valley, Washington 3 & 4
Aug 11-15 Tue - Sat * Oregon Star Party Indian Trail Spring, Oregon 3 & 4
Sep 9-12 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
For more Information contact the VP of Observing


 

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