Founded in May 1986, after the return of Comet Halley. At first,
a handful of astronomy enthusiasts gathered to share a common interest
in stargazing. The new club was the only active group in Southern
Oregon at that time. Blessed with nearby dark skies, the club
emphasized observing and learning the sky. As the club gained new
members, community outreach and regular monthly meetings were added.
Umpqua Astronomers has about 25 active members from Oakland to Tiller,
from Glide to Camas valley. We meet each month in Roseburg at the
Douglas Forest Protection Conference Room (off Channon and Airport
streets). Newcomers are encouraged to come at 6:30 to ask questions
and learn about the night sky. The regular meeting starts at 7 p.m.
on the second Tuesday of each month. Each month we discuss a bit of
club news, what's new in Astronomy, what's up in the sky and have a
feature presentation. Anyone interested in astronomy is welcome to
come to the meetings.
Umpqua Astronomers is the sole astronomy club in Southern Oregon
participating in the Astronomical League. This provides members
with a quarterly national magazine, "the Reflector" and many observing
project to help beginners to use a hands on approach to learn about
astronomy. Umpqua Astronomers also is an active member of the Night
Sky network and the Global Astronomy Month. Club members are
encouraged and supported in becoming comfortable exploring the night
As Umpqua Astronomers approaches our 30th year in 2016, we look
forward to more community outreach by hosting annual spring and
fall community star parties with the cooperation of the Douglas
County Museum and the City of Roseburg Parks and Recreation. We
also plan to continue having club star parties for members and
guests to help members learn the sky and how to use a telescope.
Want to learn more about what the Umpqua Astronomers are doing?
Check out this website calendar and announcements. Better yet
come to the monthly meetings.