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Star Party & Full Moon Swoon

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Saturday October 7, 2017 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

FREE for daytime Festival attendees.

The stars shine a little brighter in Hope Valley and the Harvest Moon climbs over Hawkins Peak in October. Join us for an evening of astronomy under the Eastern Sierra stars.

Your guides for the evening include Richard J. Williams, founder and CEO of the Sierra Stars Observatory Network (SSON), a global network of professional remote observatories available to everyone. He was a pioneer in the development of robotic telescope hardware and software and was a co-founder of Torus Technologies (now Optical Mechanics, Inc.), which designs and manufactures robotic telescope systems and custom optical-mechanical devices for government and industry. He owns and operates the 24-inch (0.6-meter) Sierra Stars Observatory telescope located at his ranch in California, which was the first telescope to go online for SSON in 2007. 

We will have a few telescopes set up for public use, along with passionate amateurs to help guide your trip across the night sky. Dress warmly, including hats. Bring a chair for sitting, or a mat for laying down in the meadow. You are also encouraged to bring snacks and water or something warm to drink. If you'd like to, bring your own telescope or binoculars and receive tips on improving your stargazing. Any flashlight must be red-lensed or red-covered: bring red-lensed lights if possible. We will have red cellophane available to cover your headlight or flashlight if you need.

MOONSHINE SIPPIN' for those 21 and older. (additional charge)

PLEASE DIM YOUR HEADLIGHTS AS YOU ENTER THE PARKING LOT AND PARK FACING AWAY FROM THE MEADOW.

$10 "at the door", or free for daytime Festival attendees

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