2021 SAS Goldendale Star Party (August)

Details

Public

Type: Star Party

Keywords: Star Party Goldendale Brooks Memorial State Park Maryhill State Park Columbia River Stone Henge No White Lights

Held on: Aug 01, 2021 (Sun) at 02:30 PM to Aug 04, 2021 (Wed) at 12:00 PM

Sunset Times:

  • Official at 08:32 PM
  • Civil at 09:06 PM
  • Nautical at 09:50 PM
  • Astronomical at 10:41 PM

Lunar Phase:

Location: 2465 Highway 97 Goldendale, WA 98620

Event Coordinator: Alan Spurgeon

Overview

What to expect:

SAS is excited to welcome back an annual tradition and we hope you can join us this June, August, and/or September. One note to clarify, although there is camping, this event is first and foremost a Star Party for SAS Members and guests to enjoy. This is an event for new astronomers and veterans to get together to share a love of the night sky and all that it contains.

Please see below for more information as we hope you can join!

Map

Latitude 45.950235, Longitude -120.6659393

More Information

brooks memorial 

Pictured: Brooks Memorial State Park views (left), Nearby Maryhill State Park’s Stonehenge by the Columbia River (right)

Please show up at the group campsite located at Brooks. (Note that the group camp is located across the street from the main park and there is little to no reception for communication) You can choose to stay for 1-4 nights from Sunday to Wednesday at your convenience. We do invite guests who have a love for the hobby of astronomy, provided that they pay a $10.00 fee and sign a Waiver of Liability against any injurious event at the Star Party. 

New members and guests are strongly encouraged to bring what telescope equipment that they have to share, if they wish, with other new people. Keep in mind that many of the members will be doing imaging and as such, no white lights on the observing field, red lights only. As any Star Party, there are some protocols to keep in mind.

Other Key Info:

  • Potluck on Monday evening. Bring yummies and share. Let's leave the campground better than we found it. Please follow standard star party etiquette. Have fun, live, laugh, and pray for clear (no smoke) dark skies. Note: There is a wood/charcoal burn ban in effect at all state parks. Propane fires are allowed.
  • If one comes into the park after dark, they need to park outside the observing field and bring their equipment in (It will help everyone if everybody plans to arrive in the daytime)
  • No laser lights
  • Brooks Memorial is near a wooded area and also some Marshland, that may invite mosquitos and yellow jackets to share in the experience, so be prepared for that. Some years it is not a problem, and some years it is.
  • There are plenty of daytime recreational activities both at Brooks Memorial State Park & and nearby Maryhill State Park along the Columbia River
  • Although no formal registration is needed, Alan would appreciate a heads up if you plan on attending so he can say hi and welcome you. He can be reached at alanspurgeon@hotmail.com
  • Here is a map of Brooks Memorial State Park including our Group 1 Campsite

 

We hope this clarifies what the event at Brooks is about.

Hope to see you there.

Alan (alanspurgeon@hotmail.com)

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