Desert Stargazing for Beginners

04/27/2013 - 2:00pm
04/27/2013 - 10:30pm
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center

Instructor: Dennis Mammana
Fee: $80 / $70 for ABF members

Classroom Lecture: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Outdoor Lab (weather permitting): 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Meet: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center

Sights that boggle the mind are visible in the clear, dark desert skies each evening. This workshop is designed for beginning stargazers interested in exploring the enjoyable and mind-expanding hobby of amateur astronomy.

During the afternoon, participants will learn what’s in the sky, how the heavens move, and how to find our way around the maze of stars. After a dinner break on your own, you'll return to the Visitor Center to practice finding your way around the night sky and to view some of its wonders through a telescope.

Bring: participants should bring a flashlight (with a red LED or covered with red cellophane) and materials to take notes if desired.

ABDSP Visitor Center
200 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004

About the Instructor
Dennis Mammana, M.S., Astronomy, has delivered the wonder and mystery of the cosmos to audiences for over three decades. A nationally syndicated newspaper columnist with Creators Syndicate and author of six books on popular astronomy, Mammana is also an accomplished night sky photographer and invited member of TWAN—an international team of the most highly acclaimed sky photographers on the planet. Mr. Mammana writes about and photographs the heavens from around the world, but mostly from his desert home in Borrego Springs. His work can be enjoyed online at