Aug
29
to Aug 30

Night Sky/Milky Way Photography Workshop

This night sky/Milky Way workshop is presented by Dark Skies member and award-winning photographer Mike Pach.

The workshop includes use of a rental home in Westcliffe owned by Dark Skies Vacations. Check-in is as early as 5 pm. The workshops will start near dusk and end just after sunrise (we do not plan to sleep at the rental house, but it will be available if anyone needs to get some rest). Check-out time is 11 am the following day. Pets are not allowed.

The cost of the workshops, dates thru 2019, and ticket information can be found here. Please direct all workshop related questions to Mike Pach.

The tentative schedule for each workshop is as follows:

5:00 PM - Check in
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Classroom Instruction
9:00 PM - Photographing the night sky at up to 3 locations through sunrise
7:00 AM - Breakfast at the Silver Cliff Inn

Times are subject to change based on weather, sunset conditions and the times the Galactic Core of the Milky Way is visible.

We'll keep an eye on the weather, but we don't have any control over Mother Nature. If the sky is cloudy, we will spend time photographing the barns at one of our locations and practicing light painting techniques. If the weather is poor, we will spend time discussing post-processing techniques at either rental house.

What you will learn

Workshops will be limited to 10 people and will be lead by Mike Pach with assistance from Don Savage. Keeping groups small will ensure that each participant gets the individual attention they need to learn ...

how to photograph the Milky Way and the stars as points of light.
how to photograph star trails.
light painting techniques (we will supply the lights needed).
how to post-process your images in Photoshop and Lightroom.

Learning materials will be provided to each participant prior to each workshop.

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Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

Public Star Party: Our Closest Galaxy Neighbor, Andromeda, Makes an Appearance

Join us in celebrating the arrival of our closest galaxy neighbor Andromeda in our night sky. Andromeda is a spiral galaxy that is located a mere 2.5 million light years from Earth. And for some those interested in long term planning, The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies are expected to collide in ~4.5 billion years, merging to form a giant elliptical galaxy, or a large disc galaxy.

Any cancellations will be made here on the Event page by 7:30 p.m. the day of the event. Call our phone number, 719-398-1284, for the latest status regarding a cancellation and check the Facebook Custer County Community Bulletin Board page.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public.

In Greek mythology, Andromeda is the daughter of the Aethiopian king Cepheus and his wife Cassiopeia. When Cassiopeia's hubris leads her to boast that Andromeda is more beautiful than the Nereids, Poseidon sends the sea monster Cetus to ravage Andromeda as divine punishment. Andromeda is chained to a rock as a sacrifice to sate the monster, but is saved from death by Perseus.

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Sep
26
to Sep 27

Night Sky/Milky Way Photography Workshop

This night sky/Milky Way workshop is presented by Dark Skies member and award-winning photographer Mike Pach.

The workshop includes use of a rental home in Westcliffe owned by Dark Skies Vacations. Check-in is as early as 5 pm. The workshops will start near dusk and end just after sunrise (we do not plan to sleep at the rental house, but it will be available if anyone needs to get some rest). Check-out time is 11 am the following day. Pets are not allowed.

The cost of the workshops, dates thru 2019, and ticket information can be found here. Please direct all workshop related questions to Mike Pach.

The tentative schedule for each workshop is as follows:

5:00 PM - Check in
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Classroom Instruction
9:00 PM - Photographing the night sky at up to 3 locations through sunrise
7:00 AM - Breakfast at the Silver Cliff Inn

Times are subject to change based on weather, sunset conditions and the times the Galactic Core of the Milky Way is visible.

We'll keep an eye on the weather, but we don't have any control over Mother Nature. If the sky is cloudy, we will spend time photographing the barns at one of our locations and practicing light painting techniques. If the weather is poor, we will spend time discussing post-processing techniques at either rental house.

What you will learn

Workshops will be limited to 10 people and will be lead by Mike Pach with assistance from Don Savage. Keeping groups small will ensure that each participant gets the individual attention they need to learn ...

how to photograph the Milky Way and the stars as points of light.
how to photograph star trails.
light painting techniques (we will supply the lights needed).
how to post-process your images in Photoshop and Lightroom.

Learning materials will be provided to each participant prior to each workshop.

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Oct
5
7:15 PM19:15

PUBLIC STAR PARTY: INTERNATIONAL OBSERVE THE MOON NIGHT

For this final public star party of the season we will be celebrating International Observe the Moon Night. International Observe the Moon Night is a worldwide celebration of lunar science and exploration held annually since 2010. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe and learn about the Moon together, and to celebrate the cultural and personal connections we all have with our nearest neighbor.

The event occurs when the Moon is around first quarter. A first quarter Moon is visible in the afternoon and evening, a convenient time for most hosts and participants. Furthermore, the best lunar observing is typically along the dusk/dawn terminator, where shadows are the longest, rather than at full Moon.

Any cancellations will be made here on the Event page by 6:00 p.m. the day of the event.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public.

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Aug
19
3:30 PM15:30

MONTHLY DARK SKIES ORGANIZATION MEETING

  • San Isabel Land Protection Trust Building (map)
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San Isabel Land Protection Trust Building 59000 Colorado 69 Westcliffe, CO 81252 (map)

We would love to have you join us at our next meeting or event. Please let us know you're coming by contacting us at (719) 398-1284 or via info@darkskiescolorado.org

Location: San Isabel Land Protection Trust (located just north of the intersection of Main St. and Third St. on Hwy 69) in the Trust’s conference room. Access is from the lower back of the old Wells Fargo Bank building and enter at the SILPT office (left door facing the back of building).

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Aug
2
9:00 PM21:00

*Cancelled for Tonight & No Reschedule* Public Star Party: The Awe of the Milky Way

UPDATE: Tonight's Star Party has been cancelled due to weather and will unfortunately not be rescheduled.

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Join us in celebrating the awe inspiring nature of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. The Milky Way is home to immense clouds of gas and dust, known as star nurseries, which are set against a backdrop of billions and billions of stars. Come see a sight that, sadly, is now visible only in places like the Wet Mountain Valley because of light pollution in the more populated areas of the nation. 

Back-up date is Saturday, August 3 at 9:00 p.m.

Any cancellations will be made here on the Event page by 8:00 p.m. the day of the event.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public.

The Milky Way is mythologized in cultures all around the world since the beginning of recorded history. A Cherokee folktale tells of a dog who stole some cornmeal and was chased away. He ran away to the north, spilling the cornmeal along the way. The Milky Way is thus called "The Way the Dog Ran Away". Peoples in Eastern Asia believed that the hazy band of stars was the "Silvery River" of Heaven. In one story, the stars Altair and Vega were said to be two lovers who were allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month, when a flock of magpies and crows formed a bridge over the galactic river. That day is celebrated as Qi Xi, the Seventh Night.

In Egyptian mythology, the Milky Way was considered a pool of cow's milk. The Milky Way was deified as a fertility cow-goddess by the name of Bat. The Greek name for the Milky Way (Galaxias) is derived from the Greek word for milk (γάλα, gala). One legend explains how the Milky Way was created by Heracles when he was a baby. His father, Zeus, was fond of his son, who was born of the mortal woman Alcmene. He decided to let the infant Heracles suckle on his divine wife Hera's milk when she was asleep, an act which would endow the baby with godlike qualities. When Hera woke and realized that she was breastfeeding an unknown infant, she pushed him away and the spurting milk became the Milky Way.

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Jul
31
to Aug 1

Night Sky/Milky Way Photography Workshop

This night sky/Milky Way workshop is presented by Dark Skies member and award-winning photographer Mike Pach.

The workshop includes use of a rental home in Westcliffe owned by Dark Skies Vacations. Check-in is as early as 5 pm. The workshops will start near dusk and end just after sunrise (we do not plan to sleep at the rental house, but it will be available if anyone needs to get some rest). Check-out time is 11 am the following day. Pets are not allowed.

The cost of the workshops, dates thru 2019, and ticket information can be found here. Please direct all workshop related questions to Mike Pach.

The tentative schedule for each workshop is as follows:

5:00 PM - Check in
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Classroom Instruction
9:00 PM - Photographing the night sky at up to 3 locations through sunrise
7:00 AM - Breakfast at the Silver Cliff Inn

Times are subject to change based on weather, sunset conditions and the times the Galactic Core of the Milky Way is visible.

We'll keep an eye on the weather, but we don't have any control over Mother Nature. If the sky is cloudy, we will spend time photographing the barns at one of our locations and practicing light painting techniques. If the weather is poor, we will spend time discussing post-processing techniques at either rental house.

What you will learn

Workshops will be limited to 10 people and will be lead by Mike Pach with assistance from Don Savage. Keeping groups small will ensure that each participant gets the individual attention they need to learn ...

how to photograph the Milky Way and the stars as points of light.
how to photograph star trails.
light painting techniques (we will supply the lights needed).
how to post-process your images in Photoshop and Lightroom.

Learning materials will be provided to each participant prior to each workshop.

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Jul
15
3:30 PM15:30

MONTHLY DARK SKIES ORGANIZATION MEETING

San Isabel Land Protection Trust Building 59000 Colorado 69 Westcliffe, CO 81252 (map)

We would love to have you join us at our next meeting or event. Please let us know you're coming by contacting us at (719) 398-1284 or via info@darkskiescolorado.org

Location: San Isabel Land Protection Trust (located just north of the intersection of Main St. and Third St. on Hwy 69) in the Trust’s conference room. Access is from the lower back of the old Wells Fargo Bank building and enter at the SILPT office (left door facing the back of building).

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Jul
5
9:30 PM21:30

Public Star Party: Jupiter's Ascent & Saturn's First Appearance

Join us in celebrating the first appearance of Saturn in our night sky of 2019 while Jupiter ascends high in the sky. As the former King of the Gods in Roman mythology, Saturn was overtaken as king by his son Jupiter, with the help of Jupiter’s siblings Neptune, Pluto, Ceres, Juno and Vesta. Now you can see the ancient battle of the Gods in the night sky right above us!

In the case of a cancellation due to the weather, the back up date is Saturday, July 6 at 9:30 p.m.

Any cancellations will be made here on the Event page by 8:00 p.m. the day of the event.

All Star Parties are free and open to the public. If you would like to participate by bringing your own telescope, please contact the Event Manager, Ed Stewart, stargazer@skymtn.com, with a brief description of your astronomical experience and telescope.

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May
20
3:30 PM15:30

MONTHLY DARK SKIES ORGANIZATION MEETING

San Isabel Land Protection Trust Building 59000 Colorado 69 Westcliffe, CO 81252 (map)

We would love to have you join us at our next meeting or event. Please let us know you're coming by contacting us at (719) 398-1284 or via info@darkskiescolorado.org

Location: San Isabel Land Protection Trust (located just north of the intersection of Main St. and Third St. on Hwy 69) in the Trust’s conference room. Access is from the lower back of the old Wells Fargo Bank building and enter at the SILPT office (left door facing the back of building).

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