For over 25 years, amateur astronomers and their families have
been gathering at Indian Trail Spring to enjoy the warm and friendly
atmosphere, dark skies, low humidity and wonderful night sky observing.
Located roughly an hour east of Prineville, Oregon in the Ochoco National
Forest, Oregon Star Party is one of the three darkest and largest star
parties in the United States. Don't have a telescope but still want to
join the fun? Join us anyway, we're happy to share our telescope views
Oregon Star Party's mission is to provide attendees the opportunity to
meet people who share an interest in astronomy, learn something new,
reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and just plain have fun.
We welcome and encourage families and amateur astronomers of all ages.
This year, registration opens in April. Be sure to browse our website,
and come back to register. We hope you'll join us at the 27th annual
Oregon Star Party.
See you in August!
Published: 7/25/2014 10:34AM
OSP Update & Refund Policy
The recent lightning-sparked wildfires in the Ochoco National Forest
have added a new and interesting wrinkle to planning Oregon Star Party
2014. Not surprisingly, the OSP directors have regularly been in touch
with their contacts in the Forest Service. Today, the Forest Service
contacts are very positive that we will be able to hold the Oregon
Star Party at Indian Trail Spring. Of course, if additional fires start
up or the current fires jump the containment lines, then the existing
closure may be extended.
Because of this improvement, the executive board and directors have
decided not to seek an alternate site but rather focus our efforts
on holding Oregon Star Party as planned, at Indian Trail Spring.
Additionally, preregistration will close on Saturday, July 26, as
For more information about the Ochoco Complex Fires, visit the Inciweb blog:
The executive board and directors have also taken this opportunity
to update the star party's refund policy:
If a participant who has registered and paid requests a refund
before July 26, 2014, a full refund will be granted.
If participants who have registered and paid decide, between
July 26 and August 8, that they are uncomfortable about
attending Oregon Star Party 2014 due to the wildfire situation,
a partial refund of registration fee and shower tickets will
be granted. Payments made for apparel and meals will not be
refunded. Partial refunds will be issued, and apparel mailed
beginning two weeks after Oregon Star Party has concluded.
After Oregon Star Party begins on August 18, no refunds will be issued.
If Oregon Star Party 2014 is cancelled as a result of Forest Service
order or decision by the Oregon Star Party committee, a full refund
will be issued.
The directors, executive board, and general planning committee for Oregon
Star Party are grateful for the encouragement and understanding from
everyone who has followed our posts as we monitor the current Ochoco
Complex wildfire situation. Thanks to everyone for the support.
We look forward to seeing you at Oregon Star Party 2014, at Indian Trail Spring!