Category Archives: Newsletters

Curated periodicals authored by members of the Oregon Star Party committee.

OSP Director Team Newsletter – May 2022

Registration for OSP 2022 is officially is open. Please use the following link to register: 

2022 OSP Registration.

Spring rains and snow have been higher than normal for the area, so we are very hopeful for a successful OSP2022.  The good news continues in that, unlike everything else in the US, all of our registration fee prices are the same as they were for 2019… no inflation here!  

Early registration will stay open through June.  After June 30th attendees will have to register on-site after they arrive (at an increased rate of $150 per person) with no option to pre-order apparel, so register early and save $$$.

After registering, please also go to our Volunteer Sign-up tool at 

2022 Oregon Star Party Volunteering

It takes a lot to put a 500-person star party together, and even more to make it work on a day-to-day basis.  We could not do it without the staunch volunteering support we’ve had from attendees and your continued support is needed and greatly appreciated!

There are a couple of changes to the star party from what you’ll recall from past years. 

  1. The biggest change for 2022 is that we will not offer pre-sold meals.  Our food and espresso vendors are no longer in business and we have not yet found replacements.  We are continuing to look for a-la-carte vendors and we will keep the OSP Web Page updated as this situation changes.
  2. The second change is that we haven’t gotten the same level of vendor and provider donations that we enjoyed in the past years.  This will likely impact the adult door prize raffle in 2022.   We still plan to hold youth and volunteer raffles.

See you July 26th – 31st!

Bill Carberry – OSP Director

OSP Director Team Newsletter — January 2022

Release date: 20 January 2022

The Oregon Star Party committee met on January 12th and started the planning process for OSP2022.  After two years of bad fortune (2020 cancelled by COVID and 2021 cancelled by fire threat) we are trying to build in as many contingencies as we can to assure that OSP 2022 really happens this coming July 26th – 31st, 2022 at Indian Trail Spring in the Ochoco National Forest.

The biggest change we are working through is that our Shawna’s Latte Truck is no longer in business, and the Prineville Lions Club has sold their mobile food truck, so we are looking diligently for new coffee truck and food service supplier.  If anyone knows of a vendor who is willing to obtain or has current a valid food servers license in Crook County, OR and set up for a week at Indian Trail Spring, please have them get in touch with the OSP Committee ([email protected]).

We are also asking for help overall.  It takes a lot to put on a star party for 400+ attendees and we had some significant retirements from the OSP Committee this fall. We would love to have you! If you are interested in volunteering, either to help with planning over the winter months, or you want to commit to on-site volunteering, please contact ([email protected]).

OSP Newsletter Vol 3, Issue 2

Our third edition of the Oregon Star Party (OSP) newsletters marks the last issue before the gathering at Indian Trail Spring. We hope that you have gotten something out of the three publications. Just to remind everyone the fire danger is rated at EXTREME, please be mindful of open flames. Campfires are banned at OSP and the entirety of all public lands in Eastern Oregon. Keep cooking stoves and grills off the ground on tables (No charcoal cooking grills period). Smoking and Vaping are allowed but must be kept to your personal vehicle or the gravel portions of 800/802 roads. Paying attention to fire situations isn’t just confined to OSP. Currently several wildfires are being battled near highways that lead to Central Oregon (Hwy 22 west of Mt. Jefferson and Hwy 26 on the Warm Springs Reservation). Another 20 fires started from lightning strikes yesterday (August 10) and more are expected over the weekend. To help you in your travels be sure to check the latest road conditions at Fill your gas tank before you head into Ochocos, over 350,000 people are expected to visit Central Oregon.
The weather is expect to moderate over the weekend. High temperatures are expected to be in the low 80s in the middle of the week, rising to around 90 on the weekend, and then returning to the low 80s the following Monday and Tuesday. Low temperatures are expected to be in the mid-40s the first part of the star party and then cooling to the mid-30s towards the end of the star party. Dress appropriately!
In closing, we at Oregon Star Party hope that you will meet people that share an interested in astronomy, are able to learn something new, reconnect with old friends and/or meet new friends, and just plain have fun while attending the event.

Clear skies and safe travels,
The Oregon Star Party Committee

OSP Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 1 (Early July 2017)

OSP Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 2 (Late July 2017)

OSP Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 3 (August)