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Night Sky Institute Information

Online Registration for the Night Sky Institute UO Continuing Education Course (we will register together in Bend) 

Dates:  August 1-5, 2011

Location: Bend, OR 
(Pine Mountain Observatory, High Desert Middle School Library, Sleep Inn Bend)

Agenda Overview

Monday, 8/1

3:00 PM     Start check-in at the Sleep Inn
6:00           Gather at Sleep Inn Lobby
6:30           Depart for PMO, carpool
7:30           PMO Orientation and Field Work
12:00         Return to Sleep Inn

Tuesday-Thursday, 8/2-4
2:00 PM     Convene at HDMS
6:00           Depart HDMS

6:00-8:00    Dinner on your own

8:00           Carpool from Sleep Inn Lobby
9:00           Reconvene at PMO, resume fieldwork
1:00           Return for Sleep Inn

Friday, 8/5
10:00 AM    Convene at Black Bear Diner, Breakfast
10:30          Co-teaching teams present institute work.
12:00         Leave for home!

  • You may check in at the Sleep Inn starting at 3:00 PM. Please give the clerk your name and say that you are in the Pacific University/Woodburn group.  There is a nice pool so get there early and relax!  We'll meet at 6:00PM in the Sleep Inn lobby.
  • At the end of the institute you will submit a reimbursement form for mileage and food while in Bend.  Drivers will count mileage to and from home and the Sleep Inn, and any driving done between the Sleep Inn, PMO, and HDMS.  Please car pool to Bend and PMO; it helps save $$, gas, and cuts down greatly on the dust and pollution around the mountain.  
  • You must save your food receipts and submit along with your reimbursement form at the conclusion of the institute.  Please work within a budget of no more than $40/day for food.  Alcohol cannot be reimbursed.
  • Participants completing all activities and course requirements will receive a $500 stipend. You will sign an invoice at the final session and the stipend will be processed by Pacific University in approximately 2 weeks.
What to Bring
  • Books, science curricula, ideas
  • Light clothing for wear during the day
  • Cold-weather jackets, hats, gloves, blankets, boots for field work at PMO
  • A small red flashlight; no white lights please. 
  • Positive attitude about living as an astronomer for a few days (i.e., the very late nights).  Consider staying up late for a few nights prior to the institute to acclimate.
How To Survive Pine Mountain Observatory  
  • PMO, at 6000 ft. elevation, is cold!  No matter how warm/hot it may be in Bend during the day, the mountain will be freezing.  Dress warm.  Use layers so you can adjust to the temperatures depending on how cold it is.
  • Know that PMO is designed for serious astronomical work, so it is lacking a the comforts you might expect at OMSI or a museum designed specifically for the general public.  Bring your favorite snacks, drinks, and whatever it takes to make yourself happy.
  • PMO has bathroom facilities, a small house in which to take refuge/breaks, and a large meeting tent we may use some of the time, especially in inclement or cloudy weather.
  • Bring a small red flashlight to use while walking around the facilities.  Regular white flashlights are too bright.
  • Visit the PMO website for more information about the facilities.


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Sleep Inn:  Phone: (541) 330-0050, 600 N.E. Bellvue, Bend, OR, US, 97701
  • Take Hwy 20 into Bend
  • Stay on Hwy 20 through town
  • Turn left on Greenwood Avenue, drive past Pilot Butte
  • Look for Sleep Inn on left after 27th Street 
  • Give your name to the front desk clerk; no credit card will be required to check in.

Pine Mountain Observatory
  • Turn onto Hwy 20 from the Sleep Inn, drive east
  • Continue for 22.4 mi
  • Turn right onto Pine Mountain Road just past Millican, a deserted town (see picture below)
  • Continue on 8.1 miles of dirt road to PMO; road may be rough
  • Park in parking area at gate

High Desert Middle School61111 27th St Bend, OR 97702
  • Turn onto SE 27th St. from Sleep Inn and head south
  • Drive 2.7 miles, HDMS is on right.  
  • Turn just before the football field, park around back