Author Topic: 2017-08-21 Eclipse from McDaniel Ranch near Prairie City, Oregon  (Read 317 times)


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Hello Tacos!

After not being able to get a spot at OSP (and crying), the frantic consideration of other sites began. My first plan was to camp on BLM land in eastern Oregon. The amount of people that might have the same idea got me thinking about forest fires and beer binging, gun toting hill-billies. Next consideration was the big SolarFest event in Madras. But that seemed to get bigger, louder and brighter by the week. About a month ago I settled on the McDaniel ranch, as recommended by someone on Cloudy Nights. So, here's an OI in case other TACOs are still undecided and looking for an available spot. They are setting aside a dedicated area for astronomers, hopefully the skies will be relatively dark. The site has gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains and should be great for the eclipse with 2 minutes and 3 seconds of totality.

Google street view:,-118.7880597,3a,78.4y,205.56h,88.76t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2ZUf8pBwvfzxNgCabeq02Q!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

Here is some info in PDF (on page 2):

And on FaceBook:

$100 for Sunday night in a tent, $50 for other nights. Be sure to indicate that you are with telescope and want to be put in the dark area.

I plan to be there Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights with my 10" Dob. Looking forward to meeting new people, but it would be great to see a few familiar faces as well!

If I don't see you in Oregon, have a great eclipse and see you at CalStar!

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