Astronomy Weekend at UBarU: March 1-3, 2019

In answer to many requests for a winter-sky star party, this weekend offers a night sky that is almost exactly opposite to that seen at our  2018 Labor Day Weekend star party. This will offer a  good time for star gazers of all ages and expertise to view and/or image objects not seen in the summer under the beautiful dark skies at UBarU. There will be a late-rising, waning Moon to set the stage for brilliant views,  of deep-sky objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy, the Orion Nebula, the Pleiades and other winter treasures.  Astronomer-guided viewing at the UBarU Youth Astronomical Observatory telescopes will be offered as an option both nights.  There will also be solar viewing offered using the special solar telescope (Solarmax III) at the observatory on Saturday afternoon. Additional telescopes will also be available for viewing and learning as well as light-protected locations for attendees who wish to bring their own scopes to use for self-directed viewing and/or imaging. The weekend will also feature a workshop on

 astrophotography with DSLR cameras led by John Phelps, who conducted the workshops on nightscape photography at the Labor Day Weekend star parties in 2016 and 2018.  The workshop will cover the details involved in attaching a DSLR camera to a telescope for taking photographs of astronomical objects, and provide the opportunity for those with their own cameras to use these to take photographs using one of the telescopes at the UBarU Observatory. UBarU has the necessary adapters (T-rings and T-adapters) to attach Canon EOS, Nikon, and Sony E-mount type DSLR cameras to the telescopes. Any other type camera will require user-supplied adapters as will anyone else wishing to use their own telescopes for photography. Post processing of photographs taken will be covered and demonstrated.There will be learning opportunities during the day on Saturday and viewing opportunities in the evenings.  Our campus will be available for you to take a walk, meditate during a labyrinth walk, relax on the porch and attend the scheduled events as fits your needs.  

Various lodging and meal plans are available.  We have 3 cottages which can be rented for the weekend with or without meal plans, Private rooms or bunk beds in the Dwight & Marie Brown Center Suites which include meals, camping options and event only tickets.  Use the registration link below to book your lodging, meals and event tickets.  If you have any problems or questions about the event, registration or other information, please email Robyn at




Lodging Options:
+ Hermitage House $400 occupancy up to 6
+ Ranch House $300 occupancy up to 4
+ Sojourner House $300 occupancy up to 4
one event ticket is included with each cottage rental.  
Additional individuals in the cottages need to purchase a discounted event
ticket for the weekend.  
Meal plans can be purchased at registration or cottages
have cooking equipment for your convenience.  
+ Camping $50 per adult for the weekend
Meals plans can be purchased at time of registration.  
+ Private room in Suites $175 min 2 people, max of 4
includes meals and event tickets.  
+ Bunk in Dwight & Marie Brown Center Suites $150
includes meals and event tickets.   
Adult Early Bird prices are shown.  
Early bird pricing ends 1/31/2019
Reduced rates available for students and children.  

    Event only tickets: Adults $40 until 2/1/2019 then $50. 
Kids ages 6-12 years are $20 until 2/1/2019 and students 13-22 years are $20 until 2/1/2019 then $30
Event tickets with cottage rental - $20 (for each adult after the first one).  
Meal plan for adults - $50
Meal plan for kids 12 and under - $40

See registration link below.