On the 19th of August, 2009 I traveled from home to the Oregon Star Party, located in east-central Oregon forty-five miles east of Prineville, Oregon. This year's attendance was about 700 souls. The OSP is one of the most popular astronomical events on the west coast of the USA. I took the George Washington Brown Memorial Observatory (My 12.5" Dobsonian reflector) and some goodies to sell at the Friday fleamarket. This page is devoted to the time-exposure photography and the aerial kite photography ( and some ground shots) done at the site. So without further ado I present my photographs.

"Main Street Downtown" Oregon Star Party



Looking north from "Downtown" along the North Loop Road


Thursday night's beautiful sunset!


"Roughing it" with satellite ISP and phone service. Kelly does a primo job!


The first image from the "Hubcap All-Sky Camera:


Another All-Sky shot from the next night:


A "Plain Vanilla" star-trail image: +/- 20 minutes, 35mm lens @ f/3.5 with ASA 200 color print film.


Now for the aerial photos. This is the kite used, a "Cody" kite: Stable in flight and pulls like a draft-horse!

"Joseph" has a wingspan of a little over six feet! A ten-footer is in the works. The photos were taken at an altitude of around 350 feet. I only had 500 feet of 250 pound test flying line with me.


Soon after launch I got this photo. The photos are captures from a small video camera on board "Joseph".

Altitude around 300 feet.


As the flight progressed I walked the kite around the site to get as much of the OSP as I could.

With a cafe, a latte stand and the satellite ISP things were tough. Oh, and did I mention the shower truck?

Now that is "roughing it..."