Enchanted Skies Star Party

2017| Magdalena, NM

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Enchanted Skies Star Party 2017

October 17-21, 2017

Hosted by the Magdalena Astronomical Society.

Magdalena, NM USA

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It’s almost time for some fantastic dark sky observing! ESSP starts tomorrow!

Pre-registration is still OPEN for ESSP 2017! But will be closed soon! Last chance to pay via Credit Card. Tomorrow it’s cash at the gate! If you pre-register tomorrow, please print off your information. We do not have internet access out at the site so cannot confirm your pre-registration without your hard copy.

Unfortunately, due to an emergency the food truck will not provide service at ESSP. We are putting together a list of the Magdalena food establishments and times of operation. We will have that handout ready for pick up when attendees check in at the welcome tent upon arrival at ESSP. We are disappointed at this turn of events, however we want everyone to be aware of the situation so they can plan accordingly. Try the different restaurants and get to know the friendly locals. Magdalena and it’s folks are what make this a unique star party.

Journey well and we’ll see you soon! Happy Star Trails!  ESSP Committee 2017



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.


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

“Enchanted Skies Star Party” in Magdalena, New Mexico

The Enchanted Skies Star Party (ESSP) offers a unique astronomy experience in the southwestern United States. For one, the dark sky viewing can’t be beat. And we offer a friendly and collegial milieu by limiting registration to 125 people. Our site is in the Cibola National Forest, just outside the tiny town of Magdalena, New Mexico. We are now finalizing plans for the 24th ESSP for October 2017. The full 5-day/night program is designed for the serious amateur astronomer, and will again include the popular VIP tours of the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array and the Magdalena Ridge Observatory and Interferometer. This year we will also be featuring a 2-day “Astronomy Camp” on Friday and Saturday designed for the novice amateur that will include lectures, assistance setting up your telescope and green laser sky tours and star stories. In addition, there will be guided tours and lectures (for “FULL” and “Astronomy Camp” registrants) at Magdalena’s Astronomical Lyceum, an unusual museum/workshop/library facility that has antique telescopes! Click HERE for the Schedule.

Start planning your trip to the Dark Skies of New Mexico.

“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!
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