The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center is currently offering two options for evening programs, the Evening Sky Viewing and the Star Party.
Evening Sky Viewing
Enjoy an unaided-eye tour of the evening sky including major constellations, bright stars, and other objects of interest such as the Moon, planets, and satellites from the Rebecca Gale Amphitheater. While the Evening Sky Viewing pass does not include the telescope viewing portion of our Star Party program, your pass grants access to the Visitors Center, exhibit hall, and gift shop (doors open an hour prior to the program). Program length is approximately 1 hour.
The Star Party includes the Evening Sky Viewing described above as well as live views from a dedicated telescope/camera system projected onto a large screen and interpreted by one of our knowledgeable outreach staff at the Visitors Center's patio. Your Star Party pass grants access to the Visitors Center, exhibit hall, and gift shop (doors open an hour prior to the program). Full program length, including the Evening Sky Viewing, is approximately 2 hours.
Dress appropriately for the weather. All programs take place entirely outdoors. Because of our altitude, it can be cooler than expected at any time of the year. Our amphitheater seating consists of stone benches, so feel free to bring a blanket for added comfort. Please note that there is some walking (at ~6300 ft in altitude) involved to participate in the program.
Binoculars are welcome, and are also a great way to get a little something extra from the program. White-light flashlights, camera screens and flash, phone screens, and shoes with bright flashes are all discouraged as they interfere with your and others' vision adjustment and enjoyment of the night sky.
Online advanced reservations for passes are required, and in order to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors, program capacity is limited and strictly enforced. Make your reservations below.
Military Senior (65+) Locals Students (5+)
Children under 5
Evening Sky Viewing
"Locals" are Fort Davis, Alpine, or Marfa residents with valid proof of residency