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This is a group that charters a large ship and cruises into the ocean to view thousands of more stars! The open dark skies of the ocean are ideal for viewing the stars, away from all the city lights. We go out for 3 hour cruises and the on board astronomer guides us through the constellations with a light pointer! You will see giant red stars, nebula, planets, galaxies, star clusters, meteors, satellites and more! We will also have travel events which focus on astronomy. These will include aurora trips, eclipse trips and mountain top observatory trips! Come enjoy a unique night under the stars!

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Mountain 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 Galaxy 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 without the moon so we will have ideal dark viewing conditions for the stars! We only have 15 spaces remaining available for this adventure because other meetup groups are attending. The cost is $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. I will then post another meetup for the actual event with all the details and you will need to RSVP again and make payment of $275 per person to secure your space(s). If you have any questions, just message me on meetup or text me (860)[masked]. Thanks! ~Mark

Observatory Trip & Payment!

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Hi Everyone! You must RSVP here again and make payment for the trip to secure your reservations. We have 28 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]

Boat Cruise to View The Stars and Constellations!

2838 Garrison St

Come enjoy a spectacular cruise out under the stars! The boat first cruises along the beautiful San Diego Sky Line so we can view the city! It is amazing all lit up at night! We then cruise away from the city and into darker skies. Your on board astronomer will use a light pointer to guide you through the constellations and show you giant red stars, nebula, planets, star clusters and more! Also expect to see meteors and satellites during this cruise! The soothing ocean combined with the beauty of the night sky, makes this cruise a beautiful experience that is also educational and fun! The cost is $70 per person, payable when boarding, cash only. Start boarding at 8:30 pm. The boat returns at midnight. RSVP today to secure your spaces. Thanks! ~Mark

Past events (1)

Boat Cruise to View The Milky Way Galaxy!

2838 Garrison St

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