What we're about

This is a group that takes a large ship and cruises out into Chesapeake Bay to view the Milky Way Galaxy, thousands of more stars and many more meteors! The open dark skies of the Bay are ideal for viewing meteor showers, constellations and the galaxy, away from all the lights on land. We go out for 3 hour cruises and when the boat stops, the on board astronomer guides us through the stars and constellations with a light pointer! We will also will have domestic and international travel events which focus on astronomy. Come enjoy a unique night under the stars!

Upcoming events (3)

Once in a Lifetime Observatory Trip!

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Join us on this amazing once in lifetime exploration of the dark skies in the Arizona mountains and deserts! The first night we will be in the very darkest sky possible to watch the Milky Way and watch meteors and satellites during a laser guided astronomy program! The second night we will be on the mountain at Kitt Peak National Observatory! In skies this dark the stars are literally countless and the Milky Way Galaxy will be like something you never imagined! This all happens during the new moon phase so we will have ideal viewing conditions for the stars! We only have 30 spaces available for this group adventure and this will be posted in 10 other meetup groups. The cost will be $275 per person and will include a complete guided tour including bus transportation, admission to observatory, dinner, telescope viewing, astronomer, and a laser guided constellation tour! You will be responsible for your hotel and flight. RSVP only if you are seriously interested in attending this amazing trip. Include the number of guests if you have others you would like to bring with you. This first RSVP is only for getting a count of those seriously interested. Once we have enough people, I will then post another meetup for the actual event with all the details and you can RSVP again and payment can be made at that time to secure your space. If you have any questions, just message me on meetup or text me (860)[masked]. Thanks! ~Mark

Observatory Trip Itinerary & Payment

Kitt Peak National Observatory


Hi Everyone! You must RSVP here again and make payment for the trip to secure your reservations. We have 25 people confirmed with other groups so make your reservations here with payment while we still have spaces left! I will stop RSVP's when the trip is full, so you don't have to worry about making payment and not having a space. Here is the itinerary! Friday September 27th Arrive at your hotel any time during the day. The 3 hotels the bus will be picking up at are: Desert Diamond Casino and Hotel, Tucson, AZ https://www.ddcaz.com/tucson/hotel/ Best Western Tucson Int'l Airport https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.03155.html?iata=00171880&ssob=BLBWI0004G&cid=BLBWI0004G:google:gmb:03155 Courtyard Marriott Tucson Airport https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tusca-courtyard-tucson-airport/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2 Between 7:00 and 7:30 pm Friday, September 27th- bus picks us up from the hotel - We arrive at Oracle State Park at 8:30 pm. https://azstateparks.com/oracle Oracle State Park was designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2014. This prestigious designation recognizes Oracle State Park as an exceptional place to view and contemplate the wonders of our night sky! From 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm we will watch the Milky Way ( like you have never seen before). The Milky Way in this kind of dark sky is amazing and has a marbled look! I will guide you through the sky with a laser pointer and discuss the galaxy, stars and constellations. In these very dark skies we will likely see many meteors! This will be a spectacular evening! 11:30 pm - We depart to return to hotel. Saturday September 28th Sleep in and relax! Enjoy the casino or pools! Brag to people about the amazing meteors you witnessed the night before! We have a Facebook Page so everyone can know what is going on in case people have suggestions, want to post pictures, have questions, or want to get together to explore or have lunch, etc. I will post any information our group needs on this page. Saturday, September 28th, 4:30 pm - Bus picks us up at the hotel. Bus arrives at Kitt Peak National Observatory at 6:00 pm! https://www.noao.edu/kpvc/Prog/nighttime.php 10:30 pm - We depart to return to hotel. Notes: Do not make reservations at Kitt Peak. I will do this for you once I see your payment come through. Please make your tour payment as soon as possible to secure your space, before we are full. The hotel and airline are your responsibility so make reservations as soon as you can after you make your tour payment. The tour payment will secure your reservations with our group and includes buses, tour host, astronomy program on the first night ( laser guided program ), one dinner on the second night, and the Kitt Peak Nightly Observing Program. The cost for the tour is $275 per person. As soon as I receive your payment I will secure your seat(s) for the Kitt Peak Observing Program. There is a 95% chance of mostly clear skies on any given day in Tucson in September. Make sure you like our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ExploreTheStarsCT/ This will be our means of communication as a group, but you can also contact me directly. You can text, call or email me. Thanks! Mark Coppinger (860)[masked] [masked]

Stargazing Boat Cruise!

468 Buzzards Point Rd

Come experience the October stars and constellations! Enjoy a fun and educational evening as your on board astronomer guides you through the constellations and stars with a light pointer on the top deck of the boat! During this Halloween season we will learn of some scary giant red stars and learn about the mythology of Medusa, the snake haired demon and see the stars that represent her! We cruise into Chesapeake Bay, out toward Tangier Island where the skies are very dark with little light pollution from land and the stars are amazing! The ferry size boat comes to a stop and we all gather on the top deck of the boat and an astronomer then traces out all the constellations with a pointer and discusses comets, planets, star clusters, meteors, galaxies and more! The night will be moon free and dark enough to see the Milky Way Galaxy and some Orionid Meteors! We have other groups attending so RSVP today to get your seat(s)! Join us for this unique night under the stars! Arrive by 8:30 pm to start boarding. The cruise leaves at 9 pm and returns at 11:45 pm. The boat has a bar and food for sale. The cost is $70 per person, payable when boarding, cash only. Thanks! ~Mark

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