Manning Park Dark Sky Astronomy Weekend – Postponed

Due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Dark Sky Astronomy Weekend until 2021. The health and safety of our community, guests, volunteers, and staff who make this event so ‘out of this world’ is our highest priority. The stars aren’t going anywhere, so we hope to see you back again next year with a safe event that is better than ever.

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Telescope Rentals Now Available

The Manning Park Dark Sky offers some of the best night sky viewing around. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing this month by renting one of our new telescopes!

July 20th marked the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and the world’s first moon landing by Neil Armstong & Buzz Aldrin. 

We are excited to announce that we now have beginner telescope rentals available!

The Celestron FirstScope Telescope is a portable and lightweight table-top design with a 76 mm reflector optical tube. It is easy to store, transport and setup. FirstScope is very easy to observe with; the user simply navigates the night sky by moving the tube in the direction of their desired object.

We now have 5 telescopes available from the Front Desk on a First Come, First Serve basis.

They are available for rent from the Front Desk for $7 for guests, or $5 for members of our Dark Sky Mailing list.
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Here’s some of our basic tips for using this beginner Celestron FirstScopes: 
  • Learn the constellations of the sky without the use of a telescope first.
  • Read the books! We’ve included two great books with the telescope kit to help set your expectations for what you might be able to see with the telescope:
    •  “50 Things to See with a Telescope for Kids (And Parents Too!)” – John Read
    • “Turn Left at Orion” – Guy Consolmagno & Dan M. Davis
  • Adjust your eyes to the dark, and if you require a light, use the red light that is included in the kit.
  • Find a sturdy place to put the telescope, like a picnic table. (There are some at the Lightning Lake Day Use and at Spruce Bay Beach)
  • Start with an easy target – like the moon.
  • Have patience; it can take a lot of practice to use the telescope.
  • Have fun!

Learn more about what’s happening in the Manning Park Dark Sky at https://manningpark.com/stargazing/

Dark Sky Discount Extended!

Although this is the not the weather we’re hoping for at this time of year, the skies look like they may be clearing this weekend, so you may get a chance to do some stargazing!

We are extending our Dark Sky Discount until December 6th for any stargazers interested in some dark sky viewing! 

Join our Dark Sky Mailing List, to learn how you can receive 25% off your accommodation when you book your accommodation until December 6th! Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/dqKVlr 

What’s in the Sky this Weekend?

  • The moon is in it’s last quarter.
  • You can spot Uranus (m=5.7) unaided this weekend.
  • Venus is at greatest illuminated extent (m=-4.9) on December 2nd morning.
  • To see what else is up from our key note speaker from RASC last Astronomy Weekend, check out Robert Conrad’s Astronomy Facebook Group. 

Manning Park Dark Sky – Astronomy Weekend Schedule

While you have had your eyes on the skies watching the Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend, we have been planning for Manning Park’s first Dark Sky event – our Astronomy Weekend this October 12-14, 2018!

We are so excited to share the action-packed itinerary with you now: https://manningpark.com/event/astronomy-weekend/

Check out the stellar weekend we have planned, featuring workshops, star experts, yoga, astrophotography, star-gazing & more, all in the pristine alpine environment of Manning Park.

Registration is open for the event with 2 packages available: The Lightning Lake Stargazer Package is $25 per person and gives you a wrist band for entry into all indoor events, as well as your own Stargazer package. The Cascade Stargazer Package is $45 and includes entry to all events, Stargazer package, as well as the shuttle bus to the Cascade Lookout Stargazing Event. (Family rates available) Check the itinerary for our free events too!

(Aug 12, 2018)

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