You don’t need the Hubble space telescope to get pictures of the universe. Some dedicated amateur astronomers take astonishingly detailed pictures of distant galaxies from right here in Oregon, and they’ve got plenty of company in their hobby. OREGON FIELD GUIDE is off to meet hundreds of dedicated stargazers at the annual Oregon Star Party. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, June 30 at 8:30pm and gaze upon some stunning photos that are out of this world. Also, a look at the relatively new sport of stand-up paddle boarding, and how temperature means life or death for some fish.

Astrophotography – We head to the high desert just outside of Prineville to one of the darkest places in the continental United States for some spectacular stargazing. Amateur astronomer Tom Carrico of Corvallis and a small group of his friends have set up their own personal observatory on a 10-acre site. They come here several times a year to explore the universe. Armed with some sophisticated telescopes, computers and cameras, the photos they get of the heavens are quite spectacular. We also check in on Oregon’s biggest star party and meet some of the participants who unabashedly admit it’s a geek’s paradise they look forward to joining every year.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding – They look like they’re walking on water. Stand-up paddlers are popping up everywhere – on lakes and rivers, and in the surf. Meet one surfer who got the itch to try something new to keep in shape, in town, by stand-up paddling on the Willamette. It’s primarily an anti-extreme sport, but there’re always some who push the limits.

Hot Fish, Cold Fish – In the Willamette Basin, many baby salmon are hatching early – months early – and it’s endangering their survival. Dams are making rivers too warm in the winter and too cold in summer, interrupting the salmon’s natural cycle. Studies show that few degrees difference in water temperature makes a huge – life or death – difference when salmon eggs hatch. FIELD GUIDE joins some researchers examining the problem and the complicated and expensive solution they came up with to control water temperature.

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