Like most hobbies, astronomy has its own set of vocabulary that we use to describe what we do, how to navigate the sky, and what we're looking at. If you're new to astronomy all together, this can make for a steep learning curve! In this month's meeting, we'll cover terminology relating to the sky and celestial navigation, a few astronomical and observational terms, and some of the kinds of objects you might be observing when you get out to a star party.
Join Greg Crinklaw, the developer for the world premiere of SkyTools 4 Imaging! SkyTools 4 is the next step in software for planning observations. It marries a new state of the art scientific model with a new and innovative approach to selecting appropriate targets, scheduling, making observations, and archiving the results.
Star Parties and Special Interest Groups
To inform, inspire and keep up to date on current research and the state of our knowledge of the universe. This SIG meets in a private home so the address is not published on our website. Our Cosmology SIG leader can be reached through the Contacts page for more information.
Get ready to see the Red Planet up close this summer: When Mars reaches opposition with the sun, observers on Earth will have their closest view of the planet since 2003. By June 26, Mars will be just 44 million miles away.
If you need help with a telescope project, need to clean or align your optics, or just want to talk about telescopes, come to the workshop. Activities include telescope building from scratch or a kit, telescope setup, cleaning, aligning, adjustment, and help using your telescope.
Join us at noon on the first Fridays of every month for good conversation and good food at McMenamin’s on Broadway, 1504 NE Broadway, Portland. Everyone is welcome!
More information will be provided soon.
Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced astro-imager — whether you're using a CCD, DSLR, point-and-shoot or film camera — this group can help you achieve better images with less effort and frustrations.
More Information will be provided shortly.
New members are welcome to meet in the OMSI Planetarium at 6:30 before the General Meeting for an orientation and introduction to Rose City Astronomers.
Slides from Our General Meeting
On Saturday, June 23rd, RCA celebrated the 30th anniversary of its merger with the Portland Astronomical Society with a picnic at Gabriel Park, where RCA and OMSI used to have their public star parties many years ago. The picnic was a rousing success. People who hadn’t seen each other for decades came together with their memories and their memorabilia. We created a timeline, an In-Memoriam page and an “I remember when” page on large sheets of paper for members to write their contributions. There were few marks on the pages, but an amazing amount of conversation and stories bubbled through our conversations.
Hi Everyone! We have a few upcoming outreach events that could use a few more RCA volunteers with their telescopes. If you are interested, please email me, Yara Green.
Maryhill Museum of Art Annual Star Party
July 14th (Saturday evening) 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.
There is still room for a couple more volunteers for this event. Maryhill Museum will provide Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast for volunteers who would like to camp Saturday night on the museum grounds. There may be a symphony playing in the afternoon and a small acoustic ensemble on the field at night.
Portland Metro Star Party at Glendover Park
July 21st (Saturday evening) 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm.
This is a big annual event put on by Portland Metro in collaboration the Audubon Society of Portland. Because this is such a large event, we are still looking 10 more volunteers for this event.
Clackamas Community College Star Party
July 27th (Friday evening) 8:30 - 11:30 pm.
Star party on the lawn of the Clackamas Community College. We are looking for 5 volunteers with telescopes for this event.
Fort Stevens (Oregon Coast)
August 17th & 18th (Fri. & Sat. ) 8:00 pm - til.
The observing location will be the Peter Iredale shipwreck parking lot (upper area). We need a couple of volunteers for each night with their telescopes. If you are in the area or will be camping at Fort Stevens, this would be an excellent event to volunteer. This is a Park Ranger-approved event. The sky on the Oregon coast, when clear, can be fun to observe!
Thank you for volunteering!
Yara Green, VP of Outreach
As you may remember, we recently collected a variety of telescopes for a kids' observing program to provide telescope access to kids of all ages. We are now looking for eyepieces to round out the telescope kits. If you have an eyepiece that you no longer use or has been sitting in the back of a case for longer than you can remember, please consider donating it to the Outreach and Education Committee. Right now, we welcome any and all eyepieces. Please email Yara Green to arrange the donation. Thank you!
VP Outreach and Education
The Telescope Library has two locations where it normally operates: OMSI, before and after our monthly general meeting, and the Telescope Workshop, which currently convenes monthly at TMS on Swan Island. We work fairly hard to make sure that we honor reservations; the locations for each item you see on the website are accurate and timely, and making sure that any telescopes reserved to go out are at that location when they are to be checked out. The collections are different, and that difference is intentional.
In general, the telescopes at OMSI are somewhat smaller and less complex. But there are exceptions and there is some overlap — and that's intentional.