Manning Park Dark Sky – Astronomy Weekend

October 12, 2018 – October 14, 2018 all-day
Manning Park Resort
$25-45 pp, some events free

Welcome to Manning Park’s first astronomy weekend, featuring workshops, speakers and star-gazing.

Bring your telescope and your astronomy questions for our star experts who will guide you on a tour of the night skies in the pristine alpine environment of Manning Park. Good for beginners and experts.

Two Packages available:

Lighting Lake Stargazer Package $25pp This package gives you a wrist band for free entry to all events of weekend (with exception of Cascade Stargazer Package). It also includes Stargazer Package materials.
Family: $75 for 2 adults, 2 kids under 18
Cascade Stargazer Package $45pp – SOLD OUT This package includes everything for Lightning Lake Stargazer Package and shuttle bus to Cascade Look-out.
Family: $135 for 2 adults, 2 kids under 18 – SOLD OUT

Manning Park Dark Sky – Astronomy Weekend Itinerary

Please note: Unless listed as “Free”, all events require registration with either the Lightning Lake Stargazer Package, or the Cascade Stargazer Package. The Lightning Lake Stargazer Package is $25 per person and gives you a wrist band for entry into all indoor events, as well as your own Stargazer package. The Cascade Stargazer Package is $45 and includes entry to all events, Stargazer package, as well as the shuttle bus to the Cascade Lookout Stargazing Event. (Family rates available)

All Weekend & Friday, October 12th

Time Event Description Location Cost
October 6-14 Astro Art & Photography Exhibit Browse the stellar (and inter-stellar) art from local artists and astro-photographers on display. This exhibit is free and open to the public from October 6th to 14th. Prints are available for purchase from the artist. Cascade Room Free
Friday, October 12 7:30pm-8:30pm Beginner Astronomy 101 If you are just starting your astronomy explorations, this is the talk for you! Learn the basics of night sky viewing, including what to bring, how to use a telescope, and what to look for in the dark skies of Manning Park. Tamarack Room (lower floor main Lodge) Free
Friday, October 12 8:30pm-10:30pm

Night Stargazing at Windy Joe Field Put your astronomy skills into action with the first stargazing night of the weekend. Join RASC president, Leigh Cummings, where he will be set up in Windy Joe’s field, near the Resort, with a selection of telescopes for you to try or bring your own! Windy Joe field Free

Saturday, October 13

Time Event Description Location Cost
12pm-2pm Astro Activities for Kids Get crafty with our solar system! We welcome kids of all ages to these drop-in activities in the Tamarack Room. Create your own mobile solar system, learn the phases of the moon through Oreo cookies (what a delicious way to learn!) and try the Solar System Toss to win some prizes. Tamarack Room

(lower floor main Lodge)

LL Stargazer Package
12:30pm-1pm Introduction to Astro-Photography Get inspired to photograph the night sky with Ken Jackson. This introduction to astro-photography will feature a collection of images that Ken has captured and will touch on some high-level talking points about the equipment and techniques used. This presentation is good for beginners and those already exploring astro-photography. Alpine Room

(south end of the Pinewoods restaurant building)

LL Stargazer Package
2pm-3:30pm Astronomy Talk with Robert Conrad Learn the basics of observational astronomy and more. Robert Conrad leads this session covering topics such as celestial sky movement, how to use basic and detailed star charts, how to use Stellarium (free astronomy simulation software) to learn the sky, tips on how to learn the constellations, why knowing your telescope or binocular field of view is critical to locating objects. Alpine Room LL Stargazer Package
4pm-5:30pm Cascade Stargazer Workshop This hands-on workshop is for Cascade Stargazer package participants to prepare those who will be voyaging to the Cascade Lookout trip later that night. Robert Conrad will cover the basic observational topics but will delve into more detail. If you are bringing your own telescope, bring this to the workshop. Cascade Stargazer package registration is required. Alpine Room Cascade Stargazer Pkg
7pm-7:45pm Yoga under the Stars Prepare yourself for your night stargazing with this invigorating standing flow yoga session. Warm up your muscles and adjust to the cold with this unique outdoor yoga under the banner of stars in Manning Park. Windy Joe field LL Stargazer Package

Night Stargazing at Lightning Lake  What will be revealed in the night sky at Lightning Lake? Turn your telescopes to the stars to find out what to look for and where, with support from RASC members. Bring your own telescope or look through those from RASC. Highlights include Mars (visible until midnight), Neptune and Uranus (visible all night). Uranus will be near its brightest for the year around this time. Lightning Lake Day Use Free
9pm & 10pm (20min each)

Stories of the Stars Walking Tour Discover the stories of the stars through the ages! Stroll with a storyteller to find the zodiac constellations and uncover why they are where they are and how they got from the ground and up into the sky. This is a walking tour on the paved path in front of Lightning Lake. Start at Lightning Lake Day Use Free

Cascade Lookout Stargazing Prepare to be wowed! Robert Conrad leads this night excursion to the Cascade Lookout, which offers the best location for star viewing, high above the Resort facing south. Bring your telescope and catch our shuttle bus to the best view in the park!

This stargazing session is for intermediate and advanced astronomers and will have expert astronomer tips from Robert Conrad and support from RASC members. Cascade Stargazer package registration is required.

Cascade Look-out Cascade Stargazer Pkg

Sunday, October 14

Time Event Description Location Cost
10am-12pm Solar Viewing Safely observe the sun using special solar filters on your telescope. Ken Jackson will be set up on location at Lighting Lake Day Use with all the tools for you to explore our closest star. Lighting Lake Day Use Free
10am-12pm Pond Prowl –Interpretive tour Discover life on Earth – join a park naturalist to scoop a net into the pond and find out who lives under the water! Lightning Lake Day Use Free

Please note that schedule may be subject to change.

All stargazing is dependent on weather. In the event of inclement weather alternate, indoor events will be available.

This icon denotes that this is a Dark Sky event; red lights only. This helps maintain your night vision for dark sky viewing! No flash photography.

Manning Park Dark Sky