Category Archives: Star Party

19th Annual North Texas Skywatch Star Party

North TX Sky Watch Star PartyThe 19th Annual North Texas Skywatch Star Party will be held at Lake Mineral Wells State Park on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

The park is located 50 miles west of Fort Worth.  This very popular family friendly star party (average attendance of 200) is hosted by Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Dr. Mike Hibbs of Tarleton State University.

NTSW Star Party 2014
NTSW Star Party 2014

The North Texas Skywatch Star Party will start at 7:00 PM and last as long as observers want to stay up. The intent is to give the residence of the North Texas a nearby meeting place and dark sky location to get together. “I hope that all of those with telescopes can stay and share views through their telescopes, or knowledge of astronomy, to those wanting a chance to learn and see for the first time.” The only cost is the normal State Park admission. You will be able to camp out for the night if you want. Come early and enjoy the park and have a cookout.  Lake Mineral Wells State Park is about 50 miles west of Fort Worth off of HWY 180.  Contact the Park for the entrance and camping fees and reservations.

Palo Pinto Mountains State Park Star Party

Palo Pinto Mountains State Park will be hosting a Star Party on Saturday, October 1, 2016. This is a free event that is open to the public.

Telescope area.
Telescope area.

Members of both the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society will be there with telescopes that you can use to view the night sky. Bring chairs, water, bug spray, and your own telescope if you would like.

ppmsp_2Directions: Exit I-20 at exit 361, go north on Hwy 16 four miles, turn West on FM 2372 for two miles and then follow the signs.

Rio Brazos Star Party @ Acton Nature Center

Rio Brazos Star Party
Rio Brazos Star Party

The Rio Brazos chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will be hosting a star party on Saturday September 10, 2016 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Acton Nature Center, 6900 Smoky Hill Ct. Granbury, TX 76049. There will be a guest speaker at the twilight program under the pavilion adjacent to the parking lot starting at 8:00 p.m. After the program attendees will take a short walk down the path to the farmhouse where we will have telescopes set up with sky guides to show you the night sky.

Please bring a blanket or chair to sit in, water to drink and enjoy the evening. Restrooms are available on site. We welcome anyone who is interested in sharing knowledge or telescopes with the public.

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Sunset at Acton Nature Center

North Texas Skywatch Star Party 2015

The annual North Texas Skywatch Star Party has been scheduled for Saturday evening October 10, 2015 at Lake Mineral Wells State Park near Mineral Wells, TX.

NTSW Star Party 2014
NTSW Star Party 2014

This is a great opportunity for new star gazers to get out under a dark sky and look at numerous fascinating astronomical objects through various types of telescopes. In addition it provides a great chance for those trying to decide what type and size of telescope they want to buy the same chance to actually get up close and personal with telescopes and ask questions of the owners.

Mark your calendars and join the fun! Whether you are just starting out in the hobby or an old pro it’s good to get out under the stars and enjoy a night of star gazing and telescopic observation. See you there.

 

Acton Nature Center Star Party

Rio Brazos Star Party
Rio Brazos Star Party

The Rio Brazos chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will be hosting a star party on Saturday September 10, 2016 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Acton Nature Center, 6900 Smoky Hill Ct. Granbury, TX 76049. There will be a guest speaker at the twilight program under the pavilion adjacent to the parking lot starting at 8:00 p.m. After the program attendees will take a short walk down the path to the farmhouse where we will have telescopes set up with sky guides to show you the night sky.

Please bring a blanket or chair to sit in, water to drink and enjoy the evening. Restrooms are available on site. We welcome anyone who is interested in sharing knowledge or telescopes with the public.

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Sunset at Acton Nature Center

Star Party Rescheduled for This Weekend

Meade LXD55 10" Schmidt-Newtonian
Meade LXD55 10″ Schmidt-Newtonian

The Palo Pinto Mountains State Park star party scheduled for last Saturday evening (April 26th) was postponed and rescheduled for this Saturday, May 3rd due to cloudy weather.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, along with the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society, will be hosting a stargazing party at the new Palo Pinto Mountains State Park on Saturday, May 3rd, beginning at 5 p.m.

The park is located near Strawn, which is 4 miles north of Interstate 20, halfway between Fort Worth and Abilene. To get to the event, just go west on FM 2372 or the Tucker Lake Road from Strawn. Go two miles from town and look for the signs.

You can bring your own telescope or use one provided by volunteers, who will be on hand to share expertise, knowledge, and lore.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available.

Explore the dark skies of night-time Texas at a stargazing party in our newest state park!

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North Texas Hill Country Star Party – Saturday, April 26th

SN127_MeadeThe Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, along with the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas, and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society, will be hosting a stargazing party at the new Palo Pinto Mountains State Park on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 5 p.m.

The park is located near Strawn, which is 4 miles north of Interstate 20, halfway between Fort Worth and Abilene. To get to the event, just go west on FM 2372 or the Tucker Lake Road from Strawn. Go two miles from town and look for the signs.

You can bring your own telescope or use one provided by volunteers, who will be on hand to share expertise, knowledge, and lore.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available.

In the event of rain or cloudy skies, the event will be the following Saturday, May 3.

Explore the dark skies of night-time Texas at a stargazing party in our newest state park!

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