Enchanted Skies Star Parties

2016| Magdalena, NM

Orion Nebula, M42, with the 10

Orion Nebula, M42, with the 10” RCOS & Nikon D600, ISO3200, stack of 28 frames (14 minute exposure), before it set early Saturday evening (18-Apr-2015). Outside Magdalena, New Mexico. Image by Glen Wurden.

Star Party News

OCTOBER 26-29, 2016, Wednesday through Saturday

**Cost structure has been posted on the “Registration and Fees” page. Come back often for updates as we get our act together for 2016!



Memories from the October 2015 Enchanted Skies Star Party

Click HERE for images by Colleen Gino from her Oct 14th, 2015 visit to Magdalena Ridge Observatory.


Memories from the April 2015 Enchanted Skies Star Party

Click HERE. Images by Glenn Bigelow.

Click HERE for a Santa Fe Reporter article by Julie Ann Grimm.

Contributing Sponsors for October 2015

Thanks to all the following sponsors for supporting amateur astronomy!

  • -Magdalena Chamber of Commerce

  • -National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)

  • -New Mexico Tech Astronomy Club

  • -New Mexico Tourism Department

  • -Socorro County Chamber of Commerce

  • Socorro Electric Cooperative

“Enchanted Skies Star Party” in Magdalena, New Mexico

The Enchanted Skies Star Party offers a unique Southwestern Astronomy experience with many exciting features. We have just begun the planning for our 23rd annual star party. We are excited to once again offer VIP tours of the Carl G. Jensky Very Large Array and Magdalena Ridge Observatory. For the second year we will be hosted by the Magdalena Chamber of Commerce and are sponsored by NewMexicoTrue!

For more information on ESSP Oct2016, please come back to this site often. We will be updating these pages as plans come together.

“Last night I was moved, lifted off earth and transported close to what is far away.” Full quote here..Going Cosmic - Magdalena Star Party
Click HERE to listen to the April 2015 NPR/KUNM radio announcement!
See our video below to get an idea of the Magdalena Enchanted Skies Star Party experience!
Gateway to the Stars El Camino Real sponsors nm true