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Private Star Parties

Tell me what you are interested in and we will work something out.

Here are a few examples:

Beginning Star Party

  • For a family or similar group of up to 15 participants in a nearby Portland park

  • 2 hour minimum

  • $300 + $100 for each additional hour

  • I give an introduction with a naked-eye tour of the sky highlighting planets, bright stars, and constellations.

  • Then I have one telescope per five participants to look at planets, stars, and deep sky objects such as clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

  • We can then go more in-depth on a theme​

    • constellations with mythological stories from a variety of cultures

    • how to use a telescope

    • finding deep sky objects

    • Galileo’s six great discoveries of 1610

    • The Messier objects

    • Many more themes possible

Intermediate Star Party

  • For a family or similar group of up to 15 participants in a nearby Portland park who has already done the Beginning Star Party

  • 2 hour minimum

  • $300 + $100 for each additional hour

  • The leader of your group and I meet to decide the focus and theme of this star party

 

Darker Sky Star Party

  • For a family or similar group of up to 15 participants at a darker sky location within an hour of downtown Portland.

  • 2 hour minimum

  • $300 + $100 for each additional hour

  • The leader of your group and I meet to decide the focus and theme of this star party

Wallowology Astronomy Event

  • I lead an annual three-day star party in Wallowa County, near Joseph, Oregon.

  • This event is sponsored by Wallowology and is free to the public.

  • Each year I select about five older high school students or young adults to be my assistants. I try to combine urban and rural youth with the Joseph area youth hosting the Portland youth. We all put on a free, public star party, usually at Wallowa Lake State Park. Then the next couple of nights we head out to the edge of Zumwalt Prairie with a super dark sky party for just the assistants.

  • This event is free* to the assistants. However, they need to arrange their own transportation. *If I can't find Wallowa County families to host them, they need to find their own lodging and food. most often, my assistants come with their families and make it a family vacation.

Other Rural Oregon & Washington Astronomy Events

  • I am looking to do more events similar to the Wallowology event at different locations around the region. Let me know if you are interested in working with me to plan one.

 

Andromeda Galaxy by Max Goldstein, Wilson High School Class of 2019