Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center invites guests to enjoy these FREE events; no advance reservations are required.
The Observatory is just outside the North entrance to Joshua Tree National Park at 9697 Utah Trail, Twentynine Palms.
STL has a variety of types and sizes of telescopes set up for viewing, and guests are invited to bring their own binoculars and scopes as well. Pads are provided for telescope setup, and STL volunteers will make every effort to assist as needed in setting up and using equipment.
Guests are encouraged to come around sunset to have time to get familiar with the campus and visit other educational attractions before stargazing begins at dark. There is no formal program, however, so guests are free to arrive or leave whenever they wish.
A flashlight, headlamp, etc. with a red lens is welcome. Red lighting is the preferred lighting at astronomical facilities because white light adversely affects night vision which in turn affects viewing through a telescope.
The campus is at 2800 ft, so it can be chilly, even in the warm months. Everyone should dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs. There are restrooms but no running water on campus. Children under 16 must be accompanied by adults. No pets and no smoking allowed on the STL campus, and visitors must carry out all trash.
Telescopes cannot see through clouds, rain adversely affects them, and wind causes them to shake, which gives a jittery and disappointing image.
CALENDAR OF 2018 EVENTS
JANUARY 6 - Sidewalk Astronomy; 5:45pm - 9:00pm
JANUARY 13 - The Orion Nebula; 5:45pm - 9:00pm
JANUARY 20 - The Winter Milky Way; 6:00pm - 9:00pm
FEBRUARY 10 - Winter Stargazing; 6:15pm - 9:30pm
FEBRUARY 17 - Deep Sky Highlights; 6:15pm - 9:30pm
MARCH 10 - Evening with the Cosmos; 6:30pm - 10:00pm
MARCH 17 - Spectacular Messier Objects; 7:45pm - 11:00pm
APRIL 7 - Sidewalk Astronomy; 8:00pm - 11:30pm
APRIL 14 - Galaxies and Globular Clusters; 8:00pm - 11:00pm
APRIL 21 - First Quarter Moon; 8:00pm - 11:00pm
MAY 5 - Jupiter at Opposition; 8:15pm - 11:30pm
MAY 12 - Jupiter and Its Moons; 8:30pm - Midnight
JUNE 2 - Deep Sky Highlights; 9:00pm - Midnight
JUNE 9 - Jupiter and Deep Sky Wonders; 9:00pm - Midnight
JUNE 16 - The Summer Milky Way; 9:00pm - Midnight
JULY 7 - Summer Stargazing; 9:00pm - Midnight
JULY 14 - Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and The Milky Way; 8:45pm - Midnight
JULY 21 - Telescope Clinic; 8:30pm - 11:00pm
AUGUST 4 - The Summer Triangle; 8:30pm - Midnight
AUGUST 11 - Saturn, Mars, and The Milky Way; 8:30pm - Midnight
AUGUST 18 - Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and the Moon; 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Sky's the Limit is only open to the public for our scheduled Saturday night events. However, THE CAMPUS IS ALWAYS OPEN if you would like to bring your telescope to observe or take photographs. Please be aware on nights other than Saturday, any astronomers who are up there will be doing personal observing projects or astrophotography and will not be giving night sky tours. A scheduled Saturday event may have to be cancelled or delayed due to cloudiness, rain, or excessive wind. Check Sky’s The Limit Facebook Page or follow @STL29Palms to learn the latest status of an event.