observing programs

Attending Oregon Star Party is the perfect opportunity to observe the night sky! In order to encourage observing at the Oregon Star Party, we develop three different observing programs each year, each with its award certificate and pin.  Anyone registered for the star party is eligible to participate.

Observing Program Rules

All observations must be made at Indian Trail Spring during the week of Oregon Star Party.  This year, we encourage everyone to describe and sketch each of the objects into the Observer Log Sheet. A blank log sheet is available below to download and print.  It will also be included in the OSP Observer Guide.  A limited quantity will also be in the Information Tent.  If you prefer, you may instead use your own log book.  Observations may be carried over to the next year if you did not complete them in one year, but they must be made at ITS during OSP.

An observation record must include:

  • Your Name
  • Date of Observation
  • Time of Observation
  • Sky condition (Seeing)
  • Type of instrument used
  • Magnification used while observing the object
  • A brief description of the object
  • Proof of OSP registration

When finished, bring the list of observations to the Information Tent before noon on Sunday, where a committee member will go over your record.  Those participants who successfully complete a program will receive a Certificate showing their accomplishment.  A beautiful “OSP Observer” level lapel pin will be available for purchase once you have completed a list.  Your name will also be displayed on the Oregon Star Party webpage as an Observing award winner.

Still Have Questions? Contact the Award Committee for more information.

Observing Log Sheet 2016a


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