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The Webfooted Astronomer - June 1999

 

FieldStar 99 Features Unique Mix of Astronomy and Amateur Radio

The NorthWest Astronomy Group is sponsoring FieldStar 99, a combination star party, astronomy conference, and amateur radio field day on June 2527 at the Vernonia Peak Telescope Observatory, near Vernonia, Oregon. Vernonia is 43 miles northwest of Portland.

At FieldStar 99 participants will observe the night skies, listen to talks from the best local minds in astronomy and physics, enjoy an astronomy swap meet, and join in a national amateur radio contest.

In addition to FieldStar 99, there is good fishing within five miles of the observatory and many nature and hiking trails at the observatory. The town of Vernonia, which is six miles away, has a museum, several restaurants, and stores with a good selection and reasonable prices.

Participants can camp at the observatory. No open fires are allowed and water is in short supply. The site offers clean air, dark skies, and quiet.

A $5 donation will help defray the cost of the event.

Contact the following for more information:

FieldStar 99
Vernonia Peak Observatory
McDonald Road, Vernonia, Oregon 97064
503-429-2430, 55371
E-mail: smikalow@vernonia.com

Visit the FieldStar 99 Web site for more information.

The NorthWest Astronomy Group consists of members with combined interests in astronomy and amateur radio. The group currently operates a 12.5-inch telescope at the Vernonia Peak Telescope Observatory in Vernonia Oregon. Future plans include the addition of a 16-inch telescope.

The club meets once a month, usually on the Second Saturday. NWAG meets in the cafeteria on the Tektronix main campus in Beaverton, Oregon.

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