Star Party Resources

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For those looking for star party resources including where locations in the Pacific Northwest, volunteering resources, or ideas for your party, here is a collection of articles. These star parties are gatherings of amateur astronomers for the purpose of observing objects and events in the sky. Local star parties may be one-night affairs, but larger events can last up to a week or longer and attract hundreds or even thousands of participants. Many clubs have monthly star parties during the warmer months. Large regional star parties are held annually and are an important part of the  amateur astronomy. A naturally dark site away from light pollution is typical. Participants bring telescopes and binoculars of all types and sizes and spend the nights observing astronomical objects such as planets, comets, stars, and deep-sky objects together. Astrophotography and CCD imaging are also very popular.

We do have a list of Star Parties that are held at state parks in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington.

Check our calendar for the latest star party events and don’t forget to check out your local amateur astronomy club as well as they will often post about their upcoming star parties.

Here is a wonderful article on etiquette that is a great resource to provide to guests and volunteers alike so everyone can be their best.

If you’re looking to volunteer for an event, here is a great resource to utilize.

For those looking for ideas for hosting a new star party, we have this wonderful article to help!

For those interested in finding star parties in National Parks, there is a great National Parks Service resource that can be found here.

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