Camping away from city lights gives many of us city dwellers a chance to see the sky as we have never seen it. A great way to introduce someone to the dark sky is to tour the Milky Way with binoculars. Find one of those star clouds and, without taking your gaze away from it, raise your binoculars to your eyes. The cloud will resolve into hundreds of stars, with perhaps smaller clumps and hazy patches in the field of view.

To help identify the many objects you will find with binoculars, you will want a star chart. A circular star finder, also known as a planisphere, will show the location of many celestial objects.

Star parties
Once a month on a Saturday night close to the new moon the Andromeda Astronomical Society hosts a star party in the park. The program begins shortly after dark and lasts for about 1 hours.

Meet at the parking lot on the right fork of the road into the picnic area at Hidden Valley, #3 on the brochure map.
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