Refractor Astroscan Reflector

Star Parties

See the wonders of the night sky first hand. We will bring telescopes to your location and guide your group through the skies above. There will be telescopes that your students will be able to use on their own, as well as a larger scope that the party leader will keep on whatever mysterious objects are overhead.

We have up to five telescopes that we will be bringing along:

  • A Celestron C-8, an 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This scope utilizes both mirrors and lenses to give outstanding views of the wonders hidden in the sky. This is the scope that the host will keep busy, so that there will always be something exciting to see.
  • 2 Astroscan 2001 4" Reflectors. These durable little scopes are great instruments for students to become accustomed to using a telescope for the first time.
  • A Meade 60 mm f/5 Refractor. This is another great scope for you and your students to use on your own. By comparing this scope with the Astroscan, students get a feeling for two very different types of telescopes.
  • A 6" Newtonian Reflector. This is actually my son's scope, he and I build this from scratch. It always amazes students to learn that this telescope was built by a boy when he was in third grade! With a larger mirror than the last two, it give slightly better views than the Meade Refractor or the Astroscan 2001, but not quite up to the level of the Celestron C-8.
  • To learn more about how telescopes work visit out telescopes information page.


  • We need a dark site for a star party to be effective. Being away from the road and street lights really helps.
  • Star Parties are definitely weather contingent. Some schools go for an alternative of a planetarium show if the weather is inclement.
  • Be aware that Maine is cloudy more than it's clear.
  • Fall is a great time for star parties because it gets dark early, there are no bugs, and it's not too cold.
  • Winter skies are unbelievably beautiful, but the clearer the sky the colder the air. Make sure people and especially kids dress warmly.
  • Spring skies are difficult because it gets doesn't get dark before 9:30 or 10:00 p.m.. That's late for a family event.
  • Please limit the group to no more than 100 people. An ideal group size is 25 to 30 people, but we can accommodate groups of upwards of 100 maximum.
  • Star Parties are informal and tend to last 90 minutes to two hours.

Cost: $200.00 per Star Party. Call or e-mail us for details.

C-8 telescope
oNorthern Stars Planetarium's 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope.


Northern Stars Planetarium and Educational Services
Fairfield, ME 04937
(207) 453-7668