Vancouver, Washington USA

The Vancouver Sidewalk Astronomers are a loosely knit group of amateur astronomers from the Vancouver / Portland area dedicated to sharing a view of the heavens with all who are interested. Typically a "Star Party" is scheduled and interested individuals are notified of the time and place. Frequently a telescope or other equipment is demonstrated for the budding astronomer. At times a general invitation to the public is advertised in "The Columbian".
At a star party all interested are welcome to stop and take a peek through the telescopes. Occasionally astronomy classes are given with a star party following. Teachers are welcome to contact us regarding setting up star parties for individual classes.

Star parties provide an excellent way to be introduced to astronomy. Unlike most sciences, the amateur can play a major role in astronomy. Most of the commercial or institutional telescopes have to be put to some very specialized uses in order to justify the cost of their existence. Many tasks of astronomy can only be accomplished by dedicated amateur astronomers equipped with small telescopes and simple equipment.


E-mail VSA Founder Stan Seeberg if you would like to receive information about upcoming sky events or have any questions.

Upcomming 2017 Star Parties

What's in our current sky? Visit Skymaps for details

Star Parties for the following:


Local Weather

Mount St. Helens Volcano Watch

Month & Day Evenings

OMSI - RCA Public Star Parties
For most events - Weather permitting - Subject to change
Start at sundown and go until 11:00pm or so

Note: Milo McIver,
Rooster Rock
 and Stub Stewart
require a $5 Day Use fee
or $30 Yearly pass
May 20 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Planet Parade Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
Jun 17 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Summer Solstice Celebration Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
Jul 8 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Lunar Viewing Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
Aug 12 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Perseid Meteor Shower Watch Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
Aug 21 Monday OMSI Public Star Party - Total Solar Eclipse Oregon State Fairgrounds 2
Sep 9 Saturday OMSI Public Star Party - Autumnal Equinox Celebration Rooster Rock &
Stub Stewart State Parks
For more Information contact the VP of Observing
Month & Day Evening Haggart Observatory & Star Party Public Nights
Weather permitting - Subject to change

Check the RCA calendar for evenings we'll be open

Location Notes
Jan 28  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 6-8:20pm

Clackamas Community College

Feb 18  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 6:30-9pm

Clackamas Community College

Mar 17  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 8:30-11pm

Clackamas Community College

Apr 15  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 9-11:30pm

Clackamas Community College

May 19  

Haggart Observatory Public Night - 9:30pm-Midnight

Clackamas Community College

For more Information contact the Haggart Observatory Director
Month & Day Night(s) Regional Star Parties within 1 days drive
* These are Star Parties put on by other groups and are not RCA sponsored events
Locations Notes
June 21-June 25 Wed - Sun * Golden State Star Party Adin, California 3 & 4
July 18-July 22 Tue - Sat * Table Mountain Star Party Eden Valley, Washington 3 & 4
Aug 17-Aug 22 Tue - Sun * Oregon Star Party Indian Trail Spring, Oregon 3 & 4
July 21-July 24 Thu - Sat * Brothers Star Party for the Oregon Observatory Brothers, Oregon 3 & 4
No Fees, No Registration - 1
Note that there is a $5 day use charge at this Oregon State Park - 2
Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment Recommended, but you might be able to register and pay on site - 3
* These are Star Parties put on by other groups and are not RCA sponsored events - 4


Astronomy Clubs
Central Oregon Astronomical Society
China Lake Astronomical Society
Eugene Astronomical Society
Liverpool Astronomical Societies
Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers
Minnesota Sidewalk Astronomers
New Orleans Sidewalk Astronomy
Northern Arizona Astronomy
Origins of sidewalk astronomy
Rose City Astronomers
Roswell Astronomy Club
San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers
Seattle Astronomical Society
Toronto Sidewalk Astronomers
Yakima Valley Astronomy Club

Astronomy Information
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Carl Sagan
Heavens Above
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Meteor Crater
Planetary Society
SEDS Messier Catalog
SETI Institute
Sky & Telescope
Solar System Live

Big Bear Solar Observatory
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory
Goldendale Observatory
Griffith Observatory
Lick Observatory    
Mauna Loa Observatory
Mt Wilson Observatory
Pine Mountain Observatory

Astronomy & Science
Astronomy Links
Cool Science Sites

Webmaster: Marc Chamberlin

Moon image courtesy of Patricia Ferry at Memaloose State Park on September 6, 2003.