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 with you!

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 originally scheduled.

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!

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