Tue, Aug 03|
Manitoulin Eco Park | Gordon's
Private Astronomy Night
That’s right, we offer special private astronomy sessions with one of our Park astronomy staff! This session is reserved for up to 8 people. Additional people can be added for $50/person by purchasing "Additional Person" tickets.
Time & Location
Aug 03, 2021, 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
Manitoulin Eco Park | Gordon's, 18777 ON-6, Manitowaning, ON P0P 2C0, Canada
About the Event
This 1.5 hour private session in our Dark Sky Preserve features a laser guided sky tour, a lesson on star hopping , and viewing through wide angle binoculars and our Park telescope. During this session you will get the chance to learn about constellations, view the milky way, and look at galaxies, nebulas and planets through our telescope. This session is reserved for up to 8 people (all ages; additional people can be added $50/person) and is available on particular weekdays in July & August.
Astronomy is what we are known best for. Manitoulin Eco Park (known as Gordon’s Park) is home to a dark sky preserve, meaning there is next to no light pollution or white light. This makes for some great stargazing. See stars, planets, constellations and galaxies you definitely cannot see in the city and the Milky Way in such detail it will be like seeing it for the first time. Our astronomy nights are full of fun and learning for the whole family.
Our Astronomy Night includes an orientation into astronomy, a review of planets, northern lights, and solar systems, a laser guided sky tour, a tutorial on star hopping, tips and tricks for viewing with the naked eye, as well as instructions on the use of a planisphere (star map) to find objects in the night sky. Participants will also have the opportunity to try Bausch & Lomb wide-angle binoculars and observe through the Park’s 8″ Dobsonian Telescope.
Book now and don't forget to book for your sleeping arrangements for the night whether in the DarkSky Preserve on or many other cabin and camping options available in the many other areas Manitoulin Eco Park. Once booked, you can enter your reservation number and the discount code into the form to avail the C
Happy Camper's Discount.
Private Astronomy Night
Our Private Astronomy Night includes an orientation into astronomy, a review of planets, northern lights, and solar systems, a laser guided sky tour, a tutorial on star hopping, tips and tricks for viewing with the naked eye, as well as instructions on the use of a planisphere (star map) to find objects in the night sky. Participants will also have the opportunity to try our wide-angle binoculars & observe through the 8″ Dobsonian Telescope with time for all group members to experience it all.
Have you booked a Private Astronomy Night and want to increase the size of your group from the allotted number of members? Well, this is where you may book additional members. For your enjoyment, we would recommend that your group size is not larger than 12 people for everyone to fully experience the event.
Orientation to the DarkSky Preserve, Campground & Observation Field
The DarkSky Preserve has a no white light policy after sunset: no campfires; please have red filters for your flashlights, headlamps, and camping lamps; plan to arrive by sunset to drive a car in. The gate will be closed to cars after sunset.
The DarkSky Preserve or DSP includes an observation field plus campsites, the Stargazing Cabin, and Milky Way Bunkie for overnight guests. As a courtesy please keep voices low and cell phones on silent after sunset
No white light is allowed in the DSP including no campfires, cell phone screens, or vehicle headlights.
While we encourage event participants to walk without artificial light as much as possible, as a safety measure please be sure to bring your own flashlights and/or headlamps with AMBER or RED filters sufficient to colour and significantly dim the light shining through (you can attach cloth or cellophane paper with tape).
Astronomy guides will be at the front and back of the group with amber or red light sources.
On standard settings, cell phones should not be used as flashlights, or for taking pictures due to the white light of their screens and flashes. Alternatively, you can download an AMBER OR RED LIGHT app for your smartphone.
No laser pointers of any kind or strength (other than in use by our astronomy staff).
The DSP gate is closed to vehicles after sunset.
During all astronomy events, for safety all guests should stay with their guide and the group at all times. If you need to leave the event early for any reason, please be sure to notify one of the astronomy guides before you go.
All Event tickets are non-refundable. However, should DarkSky Preserve need to cancel an event, you will receive the option of either an opportunity to come to one of our future events, or a credit voucher in the amount of your purchase to be used at the Park during the same season, both pending availability.
All event tickets are non-refundable.
Events are held in all sky and weather conditions except those the Eco Park determines to be hazardous (eg. lightning, high winds).
Event tickets can be transferred to another date this season (pending availability) only if the Eco Park cancels the event. We will notify you by email in the event of a cancellation in advance.
To request change of date or for cancelations, visit: