We reserve each month’s darkest nights for our exclusive Astrophotography Experience in the private, university-grade observatory at Rancho Bendito.
By day, wildlife and spectacular mountain views surround you. By night, you will experience a university-grade observatory, with guidance from an experienced amateur astronomer. Through various types of cameras you see real-time images and photograph stars, planets, novae and other heavenly objects through telescopes as large as 17 inches.
For every three nights booked your group will be captivated by a 90-minute tour and guided photography session on at least one of those nights. After your tour and tutorial on the equipment, the focus typically shifts to software that guides the telescope and manages the process of recording layered photographs depicting objects millions of light years away. (Link to pictures.)
We customize the observatory experience for all ages and knowledge levels. All you need is one budding or experienced astronomer your group, and all will remember this unique time together. Afterward, we’ll send you up to five digital image files that you may post to social media, print or otherwise use as you wish.