Blue FlarePortland & Northwest Astronomy Resources

Portland, Oregon, U.S.A has many clubs and organizations that host astronomy activities from conferences, planetarium shows, star parties, etc.. Various Portland area stores offer astronomy books, magazines, telescopes and accessories. Also, selected astronomy resoruces are listed for other parts of Oregon and Washington.

  Weather for Astronomical Observing 

  Astronomy Conferences 

OMSI Astronomy Conferences and Workshops

 Astronomy Day 

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
OMSI hosts Astronomy Day held usually a weekend in April-May.

  Clubs & Organizations 

Rose City Astronomers is the largest astronomy club in Oregon and has many benefits.
Club meetings: third Monday of every month 7:30 PM at OMSI, (503) 255-2016
Astronomy book and video library
Telescope library
Star parties
Observing forms library
Excellent speaker program
Telescope Making Workshops
Newsletter called The Rosette Gazette
Email list server
Club Web site that also has members pages for members without Web site capability.
Sells books, observer guides and calendars at their monthly club meetings.
Club members can buy astronomy books and magazines subscriptions through the RCA club at a discount.
RCA members are also Astronomical League members.
Astronomical League observing programs and certificates
Southwest Washington Stargazers
Northwest Astronomy Clubs

  Northwest Observatories 

Haggart Observatory
Oregon City, OR 97045
Pine Mountain Observatory
Another Pine Mountain Observatory web site
Pine Mountain Obervatory is located 26 miles SE of Bend OR
P.M.O. Bend-Burns Star Rte., Bend, OR 97701
Goldendale Observatory State Park
Another Goldendale Observatory State Park web site
1602 Observatory Dr., Goldendale, WA 98620
Sunriver Nature Center Observatory
Sunriver, OR
Manastash Ridge Observatory
Located approximately 9 miles West-Southwest of Ellensburg, WA
Rattlesnake Mountain Observatory
Located at summit of Rattlesnake Mountain in southeastern Washington State


OMSI Harry C. Kendall Planetarium, Portland, OR
Lane ESD Planetarium, Eugene OR
Mount Hood Community College Planetarium Sky Theater
Telephone 503-667-7297, 26000 SE Stark St., Gresham, OR 97030

  Star Parties 

Rose City Astronomers star parties
OMSI star parties held from Spring through Fall
Oregon Star Party (OSP) held in late Summer
Table Mountain Star Party (TMSP) held in mid-late Summer

  Observing Areas 

Juniper Sky

  Telescope Equipment in Portland Area 

Nurnberg Scientific
Stan Seeberg, 6310 SW Virginia, Portland, OR (503) 246-8297, Toll-free outside Oregon (800) 826-3470, Toll-free inside Oregon (800) 527-8594
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry OMSI Science Store
1945 SE Water Av., Portland OR (503) 797-4626 or (503) 797-4000
OMSI Washington Square Store (503) 684-5202
Swayze Optical
Telescopes & More
Chuck Dethloff, 21025 NW Timber Rd, Forest Grove, OR (503) 359-3920
8 to 30 inch hand crafted Dobsonians, Tele Vue, JMI, Lumicon, Astrosystems, Parks Optical & Pegasus Optics

  Schools and Community Education Classes 

Lewis & Clark College
Summer course taught every year between july and august
James Karle Observatory
Astronomy Basic Stargazing class
Camas, WA Community Education (360) 817-4468, Instructor Gene Dietzen
Astronomy class and lab
Clark College in Vancouver, WA (360) 992-2737

  Books, Magazines & Videos 

Visit your local library for astronomy books, magazines & videos
Rose City Astronomer Club (RCA)
RCA book and video library
RCA members can buy astronomy books and magazines subscriptions through the RCA club at a discount.
RCA sells books, observer guides and calendars at their monthly club meetings.
Powell's Books
Largest Portland book store with a very large selection of new books & used astronomy books. Powells a local Portland book store online search
Borders Books
Magazines and 10% off most new hardcover astronomy books
2605 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR, (503) 644-6164
Barnes & Noble
The Vancouver store has the best selection of astronomy magazines: Astronomy, Astronomy Now, Sky & Telescope, StarDate, Sky & Space and SkyNews.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Science Store

  Northwest Astronomers Web Sites 

  Sunny Walter's Washington State Nature Resources Guide Astronomy 

  Oregon Rocketry 

Star Field