What we're about

If you enjoy being out under the stars and learning astronomy then please join our group! We will have local astronomy events and travel events!

Upcoming events (3)

Starry Night Boat Cruise!

12 River St

Come enjoy a spectacular cruise out under the stars! The boat cruises away from all the lights into the dark skies in Long Island Sound. Out there in the dark skies you can see thousands of more stars and if you have never seen the Milky Way in detail, you don't want to miss this cruise! Your on board astronomer will guide you through the constellations and use a light pointer to show you giant red stars, nebula, planets and more! The soothing ocean combined with the beauty of the night sky, makes this cruise good for the soul, but also educational and fun! The cost is $60 per person, payable when boarding, cash only. This cruise is going to be with other meetup groups, so space is limited. RSVP today to secure your spaces. Thanks! ~Mark

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

$275.00

Hi Everyone! You must RSVP here again and make payment for the trip to secure your reservations. We have 25 people confirmed and counting so the trip is a go! The trip will include people from other meetup groups. As new people sign up and make payment for the trip, they will displace others who have RSVP'd but not made payment yet. So make your payment as soon as you can for this awesome event! Here is the itinerary! Friday September 27th Arrive at the hotel any time during the day. Desert Diamond Casino and Hotel, Tucson, AZ https://www.ddcaz.com/tucson/hotel/ 7 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]

Past events (5)

Starry Night Boat Cruise!

12 River St

Photos (10)