Goldendale Star Party

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SAS-Members Only

Type: Goldendale Star Party

Keywords: Members' Star Party

Held on: May 25, 2017 (Thu) at 08:30 PM to May 29, 2017 (Mon) at 11:59 AM

Event details are only available to members in good-standing.


Latitude 45.943197, Longitude -120.669483


SAS Guidelines for Members-Only Star Parties

The Seattle Astronomical Society (SAS) has established the following set of guidelines to be followed at all SAS star parties. These are common sense in nature and are intended to maximize everyone’s enjoyment while attending an SAS star party. If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, make certain you understand these guidelines by asking the event coordinator before arriving at the star party . The coordinator has final authority during a star party, so please abide by his or her direction.

Some of the listed items below concern lighting during a star party. Proper dark adaptation of the human eye for visual astronomy requires approximately 30 minutes to achieve, and a bright light of any color is known to disrupt dark adaptation and spoil an observer's night vision. Moreover, astronomers who are imaging with sensitive cameras suffer ruined images with bright light intrusion. For the benefit of all, please prepare in advance so that your lights will not disturb others.

  • Be certain you are familiar with the observing site. If you are not familiar with the area, plan to arrive extremely early so that you are not late. Knowing where you are going and arriving on time can ensure that you will avoid disrupting everyone with your headlights or being locked outside the observing area.
  • You are responsible for your guests and children. If you bring a guest or a child, please share these guidelines with them; and make certain that these guidelines are well understood and followed faithfully by all attendees.
  • No open fires are permitted. Use a camp stove for cooking. If you are using a propane or white gas heater in your tent or camper, be certain that you have adequate ventilation.
  • No littering should occur. If no trash containers are provided, carry your garbage out when you leave.
  • No white lights should be used after dark. Use only dim, red lights after sundown, and restrict all light use to the minimum light necessary for safety. Make certain all auto door lights, trunk lights, and backup lights are heavily shielded. (Pull fuses or unscrew bulbs if necessary.) No white lights should be used after dark.
  • Computer screens must be covered. Use red cellophane to cover computer/device screens. "Redlight mode" and/or dimming the screen is not sufficient. These devices are surprisingly bright and can disturb the night vision of the user as well as that of other observers nearby.
  • No automobile entry or exit from the event after sunset/before sunrise except in an emergency. Please do not ask to be the exception to this guideline.
  • No green laser pointers or bright, red lights are permitted at members-only star parties unless they are authorized by the coordinator. If you bring a red light that, in the opinion of the key master, is excessively bright, the key master is fully authorized to ask you to further shield or extinguish it. The fact that the light is red does not mean it will not impact the night vision of some star party participants.
  • Take every precaution to drive safely while in the observing area. If dust is in any way a problem, drive very slowly. Keep dust at an absolute minimum.
  • Leave small children and pets at home. Generally, SAS public star parties are family-friendly events, and kids are welcome. However, with regard to members-only star parties, young people must be old enough to follow the requirements imposed by these guidelines. Pets can be a serious safety problem in darkness as they may present extra hazards, leading to tripping, in addition to the usual possibilities of tripping over tripods, batteries, cables, etc.
  • Keep noise to a minimum. Please, refrain from using loud radios or other electronic sound sources and from any unnecessary noise or yelling, etc. Keep cell phones on the lowest volume settings, and keep phone conversations brief. If you want to listen to personal music, please use headphones. Generators should only be used between 10am and sunset.
  • Never leave anyone alone at the observing site when the star party ends. Some SAS observing sites are in remote locations. Be sure no one is left behind due to car trouble or other unexpected issues.

Following these guidelines should allow every star party participant to have a fun, safe, and enjoyable star party experience. Remember that the coordinator is an observer, too, and that he or she deserves to enjoy some quiet observing time.


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posted over 1 year ago


It is this time of the year when we have our annual Goldendale Star Party. The dates are May 25 to May 29th.  I see that some people have already indicated that they will attend and I hope that we have a lot more.

 Since last year, we have acquired new members and I am always asked the same questions: where do I sign up or is it too late to send in my registration form?

The Goldendale Star Party is not like other events like Table Mountain. The field we use at Brooks Memorial State Park is already reserved and the club pays the cost of the members attending. So just show up and enjoy.

If you should bring a guest that is not a member of the club, they will be required to pay $10.00 and sign a waiver.

There was an issue that came up last year and that was that people were coming into the camp area after dark. Every year more and more people are doing astro-imaging and at dusk they are already setting up equipment that is sensitive to any kind of light. So, car head lights really are a distraction. I would ask everyone to plan their trip to be in the viewing field before dark. And of course, this is a red light only Star Party.

Because the meet is on the 25th of this month, which is a little early, the weather may be a little more unpredictable. So plan on dressing warm, day and night.  As far out as I am able to see the weather forecast, it doesn't look too bad.

As of today, the forecast for Goldendale is:

Thursday, the 25th: Partly Cloudy 73/47 F; 0 precip. 35% Humidity

Friday, the 26th: Partly Cloudy  70/45 F. 0 precip. 39% Humidity

Saturday the 27th; Sunny 71/47 F. 0 precip. 37% Humidity

Sunday the 28th. Mostly Sunny 72/46 F. 0 precip. 40% Humidity

Monday the 29th. Partly Cloudy 72/47 F. 0 Prcip. 40

Can't wait to see everyone at Brooks Memorial,


Russ Coad

posted over 1 year ago


This is just a friendly reminder that the Goldendale Star Party (goldendale star party event) is scheduled for May 25-29th, 2017, 08:30 PM. Please come out and join us!

posted over 1 year ago


This is just a friendly reminder that the Goldendale Star Party (goldendale star party event) is scheduled for May 25, 2017, 08:30 PM. We'd love to see you there!


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