September 3rd Hurricane Ridge Star Party

     We had a great time up at Hurricane Ridge on the 3rd.  Jeff and I decided to trust Mr. Danko at cleardarksky.com and go on up.  Sometimes I think that Mr. Danko does not report the weather but actually controls it! The site stated that at 8 o’clock there would be a 10 percent…

July 30 Hurricane Ridge Star Party

Although we did not get to go to Hurricane Ridge last weekend, we did have a great night on July 30th!  We had about 9 telescopes and had about 50 people come up to view. Saturn was stunning with the Cassini Division standing out big and bold!  We were expecting the seeing to be below…

2016 Table Mountain Star Party recap from Mark Prouty

TABLE MOUNTAIN STAR PARTY 2016 Report for the members on the Table Mountain Star Party (TMSP) held at the Eden Valley Guest Ranch August 2nd – August 6th 2016. Background and history: Amateur astronomers including folks from the OAS have been traveling to Table Mountain near Ellensburg since the 1970’s to take advantage of its…

August Meeting Update

Thank you to all who came to our August meeting.  We had a wonderful talk from Jim Sykes about understanding Mira variables.  John talked about the Astronomical Leagues Binocular Messier Program (the first program I tackled with my 7 x 50 binoculars! Loved it!).  I hope I enticed all who came to get excited for…

Dark Sky Program Starting at Hurricane Ridge

The Dark Ranger, our friend and OAS Secretary John Goar, is starting up the Dark Sky program up at Hurricane Ridge for the summer starting June 25th.  He has 42 programs scheduled this summer and 4 full moon walks.  We will be joining him as a society for the Hurricane Ridge star parties this summer.…

Port Gamble Star Party

Well, the star party season is upon us. My tiredness is a testament to that! We had a great star party last night at Port Gamble.  We had already been going during the past week as the moon has not been out and the sky was pretty clear.  Last night was about the best viewing…