Registration for May 2019 Camp Hancock Star Party is now full and we are taking names on a wait list that we will fill from for any cancellations as they occur.
To inform, inspire and keep up to date on current research and the state of our knowledge of the universe. This SIG meets in a private home so the address is not published on our website. Our Cosmology SIG leader can be reached through the Contacts page for more information.
If you need help with a telescope project, need to clean or align your optics, or just want to talk about telescopes, come to the workshop. Activities include telescope building from scratch or a kit, telescope setup, cleaning, aligning, adjustment, and help using your telescope.
Beginning Astro-Imaging Class, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Clackamas Community College.
Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced astro-imager — whether you're using a CCD, DSLR, point-and-shoot or film camera — this group can help you achieve better images with less effort and frustrations.
Join us at noon on the first Fridays of every month for good conversation and good food at McMenamin’s on Broadway, 1504 NE Broadway, Portland. Everyone is welcome!
Slides from Our General Meeting
Public Star Parties are held so that we can share our telescopes with anyone who wishes to attend. Since star parties are held at night in the dark, a few common courtesies will go a long way to making sure that everyone has a good time and a safe time.
RCA has a long tradition of small observing parties — it’s part of why the club was formed. RCA Club star parties are for members and their families and guests invited by members. The purpose is have a smaller, quieter event where attendees can spend an entire night observing or imaging without interruption. They are often in remote rural areas where conditions can be primitive at best.
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to help insure your safety and the safety of others, to contribute to the enjoyment of club events, and to foster an atmosphere that will encourage other people to join RCA. These standards of behavior apply to club events, public events and at any volunteer or outreach events.
We have scheduled another series of astro-imaging classes for beginners. The goal of the series is to give all the information necessary for the beginner to understand what equipment is needed, how to use it, and how to make good pictures with a digital camera.
Classes will be held at Clackamas Community College over 4 weekends (Saturday mornings). The classes will be similar to past classes. See below for schedule and topics. Please note that we have reserved a larger room this time and it is located in the Pauling Center (Room 101) at the south side of the campus.
You can register at this link. The fee is $20 total. For those that register, email reminders and updates will be sent out. There will be handouts for each session. Send me an email at email@example.com if you have questions.
Observational Astronomy Class for Middle School Students Offered by RCA in Partnership With Saturday Academy.
April 13 – May 4, 2019
Four Saturdays, 10AM – 1PM
Grades 6 – 8
Location: University of Portland
Ever looked up into the night sky and wondered what’s up? Experts from Rose City Astronomers will prepare you to explore the universe. Learn the fundamentals of observational astronomy, how to use binoculars and telescopes to explore the night sky, to observe planets, star clusters, nebula, galaxies. Learn about objects astronomers study, how and why our view of the night sky changes through the night, and with the seasons, how telescopes work and how to use them, and how to find your way in the night sky. We will finish with practical advice on how to prepare for a night exploring the universe. In addition to the classroom sessions, telescope-observing opportunities under the night sky will be offered. Students and their families will be invited to attend optional star parties with Rose City Astronomers after this class.
The curriculum is created and delivered by members of Rose City Astronomers. Registration, administration, classroom, computers, and promotional support are provided by Saturday Academy. To register your young astronomer, visit the Saturday Academy website. Don’t delay; registration is limited to 12 students
Early encounters with astronomy inspire a lifetime of interest. The Young Astronomer Awards Program promotes high school-age student participation in astronomy-related projects by offering financial awards, for approved and completed projects, ranging from $100 to $250 for projects of varying scope and significance.
Application Deadline is April 1, 2019
High school students in the Portland, Oregon metro area are encouraged to apply to either the Spring or Fall cycle of the awards program by submitting a project proposal via RCA’s online application. Once the proposal is approved by RCA, students have approximately 60 days to complete and submit their final project to RCA for judging. Students consider their talents and interests in astronomy and submit a proposal in one of the following categories:
Astronomy Arts & Literature
Astronomy Outreach & Advocacy
Club members can help promote this fun and worthwhile program by sharing with family, friends, school teachers and others. A full description of the Young Astronomer Awards Program, including guidelines, deadlines, and application can be found here.
Please join our team of Astronomy Dark-Sky Enthusiasts to help RCA build a coalition to designate Oregon's first ever International Darksky Place. Designating an International Darksky Place in Oregon will not only provide necessary leverage to bring more attention to darksky preservation, but will generate economic growth through astrotourism.
Our team will be identifying potential communities and locations that meet our darksky site objectives, and inviting communities and land agencies to consider designation. And there will be much more to this fascinating campaign in what is usually, on average, a three-year effort.
We are aiming to have folks from Portland Audubon Society, Oregon Wilderness Society, and other astronomy clubs and darksky advocates in Oregon as part of our team. We hope to have Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as allies, and ideally coalition partners.
I recently received a request for help from a Portlander asking for what to do, what to bring, and where to go for a first-ever experience of a dark sky — in Central Idaho! She had heard about Central Idaho being designated an International Darksky Reserve and thought it would be a great idea for a vacation. Little did she know what great dark skies we have here in Oregon, and that they too are at risk from light pollution. Though Idaho is a great place, with your help we can put Oregon on the map as a dark sky vacation destination!
Please consider lending your talents to the effort!! Please contact Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.