Star parties are usually scheduled for the Saturday nights closest
to the new Moon. Depending on the weather, some star parties are
rescheduled. E-mail (please put “star party” in e-mail
subject line) at least 3 days in advance to make sure that date has
not been cancelled or to find out about other dates. When you
confirm the date for the star party, we will let you know if there
is going to be a Star-B-Que that night. If you would like to
come for a private party, special event, meteor
shower, comet, asteroid, planet party, etc., e-mail.
parties are for fun, camaraderie, and knowledge. A star party is a
get together where people come to enjoy the wonders and beauty of
the night sky. Including stars, double stars, planets, moons,
satellites, meteors, asteroids, comets, nebulae, globular clusters,
galaxies, open clusters, quasars, etc. You can bring your own
telescope and/or binoculars or look through ours. Star parties are
basically informal and unstructured. Feel free to wander around and
talk to people about their telescopes and equipment. Most everyone
is happy to let you look through their scope and share information
about the object they are studying. You need to be here at least an
hour before dark.
number of telescope piers will be available on a first come, first
plenty of room for camping and picnics with a restroom on site. No
open flames. We usually have plenty of water and soft drinks, but
just in case of an unforeseen situation, bring your own. Warm
clothes are necessary in the evening. Even if the day was warm, it
usually gets cold here at night.
your own flashlights. Red lenses help keep your eyes dark adapted.
If you don’t have a red lens, we usually have extra red tail light
tape on hand. Please keep all flashlights pointed down.
must be supervised at ALL times and kept within the cleared
areas on the telescope field or around the observatory. You are
responsible if your children damage expensive telescopes or
equipment. Children will be kept off of all farm equipment including
tractors. Children are not allowed to climb rocks or steep
hills where they can get hurt. Children with flashlights must point
them down at all times. Please keep your children with you every
high desert, there are many wild animals, including snakes, coyotes, mountain lions, bob cats, wild dogs, rabbits,
hawks, quail, raccoons, bats, possums, lizards, skunks, rodents, etc. Do not try to
catch or touch any animals.
bring any pets, they must stay inside your vehicle at all times.
hunting, rock collecting, hiking or rock climbing is allowed on the
extreme fire danger, smoking is only allowed on the cleared areas or
inside your vehicle. No smoking inside the observatory, restroom or
bunk house. Please
put cigarette butts and litter in trash cans provided on site.
club members are welcome to come out any day or night of the week.
parties are by invitation only. This property is not open to
the public. If you would like to come out and do not have an
invitation, e-mail us and we'll get acquainted.