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Curated newsletters from the directors’ team.

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 Director Team Newsletter — April 2021

Oregon Star Party

Greetings from you OSP Director Team,

This is our second off-season update on the status of OSP 2021.  Like our January update, we remain optimistic that OSP 2021 will indeed happen.  We are working through some setbacks and contingencies, but we remain very optimistic that we will have a star party during the August 3rd – 8th time frame at the Ochoco National Forest Indian Trail Spring venue.

We are optimistic that we will be able to work within Oregon State and USFS group assembly requirements for an outdoor event such as a star party, and we are optimistic that the public health trends will continue in the favorable manner we’ve seen in recent couple of months.  We recognize that people are itching to get out and enjoy the night sky in dark skies and we are working diligently to make that happen for OSP 2021.

That said, we are dealing with difficult times and we are working to overcome some setbacks in our planning, and we need your help to help us make some event decisions.  In the next week or so we will be sending out a survey to all OSP attendees from 2017-2019 asking for your opinion on the many activities and services that have been offered at recent OSPs.  The survey results will help us make adjustments IF NEEDED to ensure OSP 2021 is a fun and viable event.

Please look for this survey and respond as quickly as possible.  Your opinion matters!

Thanks, and clear skies,

Your OSP Director Team 

Director – Bill Carberry

Asst Directors – Andy Phelps and Chris George

At-Large – Duncan Kitchin and Steve Weiler

OSP Director Team Newsletter — January 2021

Greetings. We hope you had a safe and happy holiday season.

Now that the holidays are over and winter is in full swing, it’s time to think of good times ahead. What could be more inspiring on a cold, wet winter night than to think of clear dark skies with our scopes pointed skyward surrounded by astronomy friends (old and new)?

We were all sad that OSP 2020 went the way of many things we normally cherish. It was a difficult, but necessary, decision cancel last summer’s star party, but we wanted to let you know that planning for August 3 – 8, 2021 is well underway with some changes planned for this year’s event.

The biggest challenge for OSP 2021 continues to be COVID and how we’ll be able to have a safe star party this summer. There are a lot of organizational decisions that have to be made so that we will be able to hold a safe star party this summer, and there will be personal decisions each and every attendee will have to make so everyone feels safe going to an event like a star party… any star party… this year. One thing is for sure… we’ll need to create an OSP community spirit where every person does their part– all of us working together to make it safe.

If OSP 2021 is able to happen (and we are optimistic it will) it will be the safest star party in the country. That’s a bold promise that we don’t make with some disillusioned sense that we’d able to impact science, but because we’ve made a firm commitment to our attendees that we will do what we have to do to make OSP a safe event for everyone. If we can’t make enough attendees feel safe, then we will (regrettably) cancel just as we did in 2020. As dark as it seems right now there is a light at the end of the tunnel and if that light shines bright and safe OSP will be ready.

Changes have already happened that won’t be immediately apparent to OSP attendees. Andy Phelps got a new job that will probably preclude him attending in 2021, so he stepped down as Director this summer with Bill Carberry agreeing to step in as the new Director. Andy has agreed to stay involved as an Asst Director, so we still have his background for planning 2021, and Chris George has also agreed to serve as Assistant Director. The Committee membership and roles have largely remained the same, but Bill, Andy and Chris will be joined by Duncan Kitchin and Steve Weiler to for a new leadership committee called the Director’s Team that will do the week-to-week work to plan for 2021.

The biggest change that is planned for 2021 will impact every attendee before they even get to this summer’s star party. We have put in a permit application with the US Forest Service to do road improvements to the 4.2 miles of dirt roads leading into Indian Spring Trail. We’ve proposed grading on most of those two roads with some re-gravel work where needed with the clearing of tree branches and the removal of some dead trees that are safety concerns. This work will be done in the spring when the roads are
dry enough, and the plan is to drag the roads right before the star party to smooth them out just before arrival. The permit application is still in the approval process, but the feedback from the ranger station has been positive.

We will publish this newsletter several times over the spring as plans for 2021 firm up, and we have more insight on the prospects for a safe OSP 2021.

Have a safe winter and spring.

Clear Skies,
Your OSP Director Team
   Bill Carberry – Director
   Andy Phelps – Asst Director
   Chris George – Asst Director
   Duncan Kitchin
   Steve Weiler

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 http://tripcheck.com. 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)