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
- To learn more about how telescopes
work visit out telescopes
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Star Parties are informal and tend to
last 90 minutes to two hours.
Cost: $200.00 per Star Party. Call or
us for details.
oNorthern Stars Planetarium's 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope.
Northern Stars Planetarium and
Fairfield, ME 04937