Our field events, or outings (also called star parties) are held under dark skies, which enhances the “seeing” away from city lights. We hold these, sometimes in conjunction with other events, to help newcomers get started in observing the night sky. Remember that there are no dumb questions! We do this for free and share our resources to acquaint people with current events, equipment, and enthusiasm of amateur astronomy. Our events make for great learning experiences for all ages. We belong to the larger Astronomical League.
Around twelve my grandmother bought a 4.25 Newtonian for me. Without guidance, I lost interest in using it and didn’t come back to astronomy until I was twenty-seven. I had moved from Los Angeles to Bremerton and was amazed at the night sky. I can remember lying on the hood of a car and wondering what this fuzzy object was. It was M31 visually. I went to the library and sought out the local club — the Olympic Astronomical Society. After a couple of years, great friends and an awesome learning experience, I became President.
I moved to Boise and was there for the first days of the Boise Astronomical Society. I ended up in Spokane where I held several offices in the Spokane Astronomical Society including President. While in Spokane in 1985, I was Chairman for the NWRAL convention. Later I became the Treasurer for the Astronomical League and Chairman for the AL Convention in 1989. At the same time I was also Chairman for the NWRAL. Over the years, I’ve been active with the NWRAL and held several offices, some several times. I focused on teaching stargazing through Community Ed, hoping to help attract new members into the hobby and introducing them to the local club.
My vision was to move out of local politics and allow others to move into the offices which should provide fresh thoughts and new ideas; thus allowing me to move into advanced projects.
In 1989, I was a founding father for the Table Mountain Star Party. From 1999 through 2004, I was the Doorprize chairman for the Oregon Star Party. Today I have taken a leave from teaching the basic classes and am focusing on my personal observing and rejuvenating the NWRAL.