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The Season’s Open Star Party

Yes, it might still be chilly out, but the Winter skies are truly something to behold! If the sky is clear and the condition of the park’s grounds allow, Branched Oak Observatory will be open for the FIRST General Public Star Party of the year. Bundle up warm and join us!


The constellation of Orion the Hunter will be high in the south providing the absolute best views of the Great Orion Nebula. Visitors will also get a chance to see Jupiter, the Pleiades Star Cluster, the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Beehive Cluster, the Andromeda Galaxy, and so many more Winter delights.


  • This is a FREE event, but donations are very much appreciated ($5 per visitor is suggested).
  • No Registration
  • Open to Everyone
  • Arrive Anytime Between the Times Given
  • Stay for the Entire Event or As Long As You Want
  • No Park Permit Required
  • No Telescope Needed – You are welcome to bring your own equipment!


Confirmed BOO Volunteers For the Evening:

Michael Sibbernsen (Set-up, MPC Programming, Guest Relations, ESSMO), David Dickinson (eVscope, Guest Relations, Later evening only. ), Doug Buhrman (Set-up, Binoculars, BRSC), Carol Wells (Set-up, BSO)

Additional BOO Volunteers are encouraged to join if available.

Volunteers: please check back here (as well as your messages) for event confirmation, cancelation, or postponement announcements.

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