2017 Team Meeting – Sunriver

We are excited to bring together representatives from our 50+ RECON communities for this 2.5 day team meeting in Sunriver, Oregon.

Goals for this meeting include:

  • Discussing RECON science results and upcoming events and plans
  • Sharing experiences of RECON team members on other occultation efforts, including 2014MU69 and Chariklo
  • Identifying strategies for team member recruitment and student engagement
  • Exploring advanced camera techniques for use during star parties
  • Modeling use of educational activities and resources
  • Practicing for upcoming events using RECON equipment

RECON will cover the costs for shared lodging and travel for one representative from each of our RECON communities. Each community may send one additional participant who will be responsible for their own lodging and transportation costs.

2017 RECON Team Meeting
Sunriver, Oregon, October 27-29, 2017
Meeting held in Heritage 1&2 located in Great Hall Conference Center

Friday, October 27
All Day             Airport shuttle to resort – Redmond Airport Shuttle (541-382-1687)
11:00-2:00       Solar viewing at Oregon Observatory (optional)
11:00-5:00       Telescope drop-off at Oregon Observatory (optional)
1:00-5:00         Registration in Heritage Room in Great Hall Conference Center
3:30-4:30         Primer on RECON (optional for new members) – Heritage 1&2
5:00-6:00         Dinner – Heritage 1&2 in Great Hall Conference Center
6:00-6:15         Session 1.A Welcome and Conference Overview
6:15-7:00         Session 1.B Observing Preparation Presentation
7:00-11:00       Session 1.C Observing* – Practice run for traditional RECON events

*Observing will occur at Oregon Observatory (1 mile from Sunriver Resort)

Saturday, October 28
7:00-8:00         Breakfast – Heritage Room in Great Hall Conference Center
8:00-8:15         Welcome and Introductions
8:15-9:45         Session 2.A – RECON Science Updates
9:45-10:00       Break
10:00-12:00     Session 2.B – Occultation science
12:00-1:00       Lunch
1:00-2:45         Session 2.C – Engaging Students and Community Members
(Session will start in Heritage Room before we breakout to Homestead 1)
2:45-3:00         Break
3:00-4:30         Session 2.D – Advanced Camera Techniques and Star Parties
4:30-4:45         Group Photo
4:45-5:30         Free time
5:30-6:30         Dinner
7:00-11:00       Session 2.E – Observing* – Advanced Camera Techniques

*Observing will occur at Oregon Observatory (1 mile from Sunriver Resort)

Sunday, October 29
7:00-8:00         Breakfast – Heritage Room in Great Hall Conference Center
8:00-8:15         Session 3.A – Debrief from Saturday
8:15-9:15         Session 3.B.1 – Classroom Activities (Heritage 1&2 and Homestead 1)
9:15-9:30         Transition
9:30-10:30       Session 3.B.2 – Classroom Activities (Heritage 1&2 and Homestead 1)
10:45-11:00     Session 3.C – Closing Thoughts
11:00-1:00       Shuttles to Bend/Redmond Airport

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Oregon Observatory


Sunriver Resort
17600 Center Dr.
Sunriver, OR 97707

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Oregon Observatory
57245 River Rd
Sunriver, OR 97707
(541) 598-4406

Primary Participants: For participants funded by RECON, two participants will be assigned to each room with two queen beds.

Additional Participants: Participants not funded by RECON have the option to reserve a room at the Sunriver Resort or make other arrangements. Please register first so that we can arrange hotel rooms for you. The cost of the hotel will be due at check-in.

If you are the primary representative from your community, RECON will cover your transportation costs as follows:

Driving: If you live within 4 hours of Sunriver, Oregon and plan to drive yourself and/or other attendees, RECON will reimburse your mileage or arrange for a rental vehicle and reimburse petrol. We encourage participants to carpool with other community members wherever possible.

Flying: For those flying, please complete the registration form first and do not book your own flight. The information provided in the form will be given to our travel agency, Global Travel, who will contact you to arrange the flight. RECON will pay for your flight and reimburse you after the event for applicable costs such as airport shuttles or parking.

Shuttles: If you are flying into Redmond Airport, we have arranged ground transportation to and from Sunriver with Redmond Airport Shuttle.  Look for a representative holding a RECON sign in the baggage claim area.  You can also contact the shuttle service at 541-382-1687.  We have already paid for your shuttle ride, including gratuity.  Enjoy the ride and connecting with other RECON members on the 40-minute drive down to Sunriver!

If you are not the primary representative, you are welcome to carpool with a primary representative being funded by RECON. Otherwise, you will be responsible for your own transportation costs.

Travel reimbursement instructions for those funded by RECON will be provided at the event.

Our NSF grant will cover the following meals for all workshop attendees:

  • Friday – Dinner
  • Saturday – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Sunday – Breakfast

Several restaurants are available at the resort for additional meals.

Driving: Teams that are driving to the team meeting are encouraged to bring their whole RECON setup (telescope, camera, IOTA, laptop, power supply, cables).

Flying: Teams traveling via plane should bring their RECON laptop (and its power supply) as well as any suspect or faulty components as makes sense to bring in carry-on luggage.

All Teams:

  • Warm clothes (including jacket, hat, gloves, and warm shoes) – Prepare for 60°F weather during the day and 30°F at night
  • ID for those flying
  • Flashlight
  • Water bottle
  • Your enthusiasm and curiosity

As an option for educators interested in receiving professional development credit for our team meeting, participants can pay $115 to receive 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) approved by Cal Poly Extended Education. For more information, visit link on CEU Details for Participants. Please note that registration for CEU credit is optional, but you must register by noon on Monday, October 30, 2017. You cannot receive CEU credit if you have not registered by this date. Grading of CEUs is on a credit (CR) and no-credit (NC) basis. CEUs earned will be reflected on an official Cal Poly transcript. Participants will receive an email from Ext Ed when transcripts are available to order.

Below are instructions to register:

  1. Create a profile on the Extended Ed Registration Portal (if you don’t already have one)
  2. Register Here for 2 CEUs for DEV10 E819 by noon on Monday, October 30

If you have any questions or experience any complications with this, please call the Extended Education Office at 805-756-2053.

For more information on the RECON Training Workshop, contact tnorecon-org@mailman.boulder.swri.edu.