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The Webfooted Astronomer - February 2001
Kah-nee-ta Messier Marathon: The Comfortable Star Party
IF, after a night of observing under very dark skies on a cold March night, you'd rather sleep in a soft warm bed instead of a tent, then Kah-nee-ta is for you.
The Messier Marathon at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort near Warm Springs, Oregon, is hosted by Portland's Rose City Astronomers (RCA). This year' marathon will be held March 23-25, 2001.
The skies in the high desert of central Oregon are very dark, and usually clear. The resort is 286 miles from Seattle. Just take highway 26 east from Portland. Kah-Nee-Ta is just off the highway about 50 miles south of Mt. Hood and about 70 miles north of Bend. There are plenty of signs to mark your way.
The RCA secures a special group rate for anyone who mentions the Messier Marathon. To register, just call Kah-Nee-Ta at 800-554-4786 and tell them you're with the Messier Marathon. For more information about the resort, see http://www.warmsprings.com. For the Rose City Astronomers, see http://www.rca-omsi.org/rca/index.htm.
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