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Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
 My son Tony (9 years old) and I drove to the Maupin, Oregon area for a Rose City Astonomers star party at the Wapinita (Wop-in-eesha) private airstrip.   The viewing location is quite nice.......grass.....low horizons in every direction.   There are no ammenities of any kind...save for a porta potty.   So, for more than a one night stay, you need camping gear, food, etc.......and plenty of battery power for telescopes and laptops.
 
This is a dark sky location.....only slightly compromised by the "light bubbles" of Portland, and (smaller one) Maupin.   On a scale of 1-10, I would give it an 8.   * The location near Antelope, Oregon at Camp Hancock OMSI Field Station is better, but not by a wide margin.
 
Unfortunately, we could only stay one night, and we picked a night with a rather stiff, cold breeze.  My son's 6" Dob was difficult to keep steady.   He did get a stirling view of Saturn, and decent views of M13 and M57.   This was the first time he had seen the sky from a dark location.   We are not outdoorsy people, so we don't get out and away from the city very often.  He was suitably impressed......especially with the Milky Way.
 
I had planned to do some imaging......but that turned into a fiasco.  Too embarrassed to go into detail.   Suffice it to say, I was having major brain fade.   I enjoyed my time alone with my son.   We don't get that opportunity very often.   * my son is a walking GPS unit.   I have no sense of direction, but he remembers every turn.   We had some difficulty finding the location, but he remembered every turn and got us headed home with ease.
 
Some images from the day.............
 


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CampBrence Mt Hood from Wapinita airstrip Maupin OR B
Scott with satellite tracker Star party 5 23 09 Maupin OR B
Star party looking South ish B Tony Maupin Star Party
Tony Wapinita airstrip 5 09 B
   

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