Cancelled due to weather forecast.
We are very excited to add Champoeg State Park to our list of sites for star parties. On Saturday, May 5 we will host our first event at the Riverside day use area at Champoeg State Park, this will be closed to the public and only available to RCA members and their guests. Please be a bit patient with us as we get this new location setup on our website, calendar, announcements etc. but this will be a new, regular location for us!
The same requirements for Stub Stewart will be in place, please bring your Stub Stewart star party permit to place in your windshield. Also, you must have the park pass in your windshield, you can pay $5 at the entrance (credit card machine) or the better deal is to buy the annual state park pass at your local sporting goods store.
Why Champoeg park? Isn't that too close to Portland?
It is. And light pollution is an issue, and we don't anticipate observers will be super excited about this location - there is an obvious light dome both in the north with Portland, and in the south from Salem. In addition, there may be some stray light at the park from various sources, and we are planning these events intentionally when the moon is in her glory. The reason, we will reserve new moon calendar spots for our dark sites, but are opening this location up for EAA (Electronically Enhanced Astronomy), and EAA is less vulnerable to this type of white-light interruptions. There are various technologies now available, and many of our members want to use EAA equipment with full laptop screens with white light in order to see the full color renderings of the compressed images. It should be exciting to watch our membership explore technologies and deepen expertise with this new type of observing, so if you attend, please be aware that we will not be restricting any EAA-generated white-light at Champoeg Park events -- although we still ask members to use red lights whenever possible (flash lights, etc) and to try to obey all other white light sensitivity (car lights, etc) to try to minimize the white light. We also anticipate narrowband imagers will enjoy this location as well. This is a 'drop in' star party, no advanced registration is required. The park Ranger, host, is our longtime friend John Mullen, and he now lives there in the park. He was the Ranger at Stub Stewart for several years and knows us well. John is likely to stop in and say hello and take a peak at our setups as he wants to support us and has an interest in our geekdom. Please say hello and give him a big thanks from all of us.
Please visit our forum for more details, I will post more in depth updates and details about this event on the forum.