For Enchanted Skies Star Parties hosted by the Magdalena Astronomical Society
How do I register and pay to attend?
ALL registration for the “5 Night Full Registration” and “2 night Astronomy Camp” is done online HERE. You can pay online by Paypal OR credit card. Checks and cash need to be mailed and received by October 12th to: Enchanted Skies Star Party, Linell Jones, 970 Manzanito Drive, Bosque Farms, NM 87068.
What if I only want to attend on Saturday?
There is NO online pre-registration for Saturday. CASH only payment ($15/adult) will be collected at the gate, which is ONLY open from 5PM-7PM. You may camp as well for price of admission.
Where do the events take place?
The dark sky observing site (which we call “Star Village”) is about 10-15 minute drive NW from downtown MAGDALENA, NM in the Cibola National Forest. GPS coordinates are: 34.124224, -107.315520. It is recommended that you print out a map and driving directions before arriving since cell service is limited to Verizon, and can be spotty.
Can you tell me more about the Tours of the observatories?
Please refer to the SCHEDULE for the timeline of the tours. The Magdalena Ridge Observatory is about an hour and a half caravan drive from “Star Village” and is atop a 10,600’ mountain. This tour lasts until about 10:30PM after which the caravan down the mountain will begin. If you choose to camp all night at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory, come prepared for cold weather and bring your dinner and snacks. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is located about a half hour drive west from “Star Village”. The caravan will leave “Star Village” for the NRAO at 1:30PM and start back to “Star Village” around 4:30PM.
How do I sign up for tours?
If you have paid for the FULL registration ($65) you are eligible to attend one or both tours. Space is limited on the tours to the first 60 people who sign-up. To sign-up you must do so by email to Cathie Havens: email@example.com. First come first served.
Where do I stay?
Click HERE for suggested accommodations in Magdalena. For those who want to RV or camp, dry camping at the Dark Sky site is another option. If you register on-line, please indicate if you need RV and/or tent sites.
May I bring my pet(s)?
Only registered service dogs are allowed. Please read the RULES.
Is Power Available?
Power is not available.
Is Potable Water Available?
Potable water is not available. Please bring your own!
Is food Available?
There are several restaurants and a bar in Magdalena that offer food. They are a 10-15 minute drive from the dark site. Call ahead to order if your time is limited. Take-out is available. See list of restaurants HERE.
What do I wear?
Layers, layers, layers, hats and gloves. The elevation at Star Village in Magdalena is near 7,000 feet above sea level. The average temperatures will be ~ a HIGH of 60º Fahrenheit (15º Celsius) and LOW of 30º Farenheit (0º Celsius). Be aware that The Magdalena Ridge Observatory is at 10,600 feet and will probably be well below freezing at night at this time of year! Come prepared!
May I leave my equipment set up at my campsite and will it be safe?
You are responsible for your equipment. However, there will be hosts at the Dark Sky site at all times.
What about restrooms?
Porta Potties will be available at the Dark Sky site.
Are showers available?
ESSP has arranged for showers in Magdalena for all 5 days of the star party for a minimal fee. Specific information will be given upon check-in at the Welcome Tent.
Are there any camera restrictions?
No flashes after dark.
What else should I know before coming?
Bring a hard or a downloaded digital copy of your receipt of paid registration for admittance. Please read the RULES HERE. If you wish to do other things while you are in the area, check out the AREA ATTRACTIONS page, and GUIDE to MAGDALENA.
What if I still have questions?
Just email us if it is not urgent: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond within a few days. Please be aware that once the star party starts we will NOT have internet service and cannot respond to email. You may also call Judy Stanley 505-515-5780.
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