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The "Enchanted Skies Star Party" (ESSP) in Magdalena, New Mexico 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 15 minutes outside the small town of Magdalena, New Mexico.

Members of the Magdalena Astronomical Society are busy planning the 25th ESSP for October 2018. 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. In addition, there will guided tours scheduled by request at Magdalena's Astronomical Lyceum, an unusual museum, workshop, and library facility that serves as headquarters for the Magdalena Astronomical Society and features a large collection of antique telescopes.

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

Magdalena, New Mexico

Total People Registered
(Full+Weekend+Saturday as of 2018-09-14)


Current Head Count For Tours
(30 Max. For Each Tour Each Day)

MRO Tour VLA Tour
Wednesday 11 4
Thursday 7 19




2018-08-06: Registration Is Open
Check it out at the registration page.

2018-08-01: Almost
We shifted the start of registration from August 1st to the 6th a few weeks ago and it looks like things should be online on time. Plan items are being checked off, permits are being had, speakers are still being lined up, and food is being arranged.

2018-07-06: The Schedule
A preliminary schedule is up on the SCHEDULE page. Speakers and events, other than the obvious observing events, are still being firmed up. The schedule will be generally the same as last year's.

The one big change for 2018 will be a $15 per person extra charge for going up to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory tour and overnight observing.