The Enchanted Skies Star Party

September 24-27, 2014| Socorro, New Mexico, USA

Image by Colleen Gino

Dark Sky site from ESSP 2013, The El Camino Real Historic Trail Site. Image by Colleen Gino.

Star Party News

The ESSP Committee is busy planning for ESSP 2014! We are planning some exciting events this year. Please save the date for ESSP 2014 September 24-27.

Contributing Sponsors for 2013

Thanks to all the following sponsors for supporting amateur astronomy by contributing door prize gifts, making ESSP 2013 Star Party exceptional!

  • JMI Telescopes
  • Kalmbach Publishing / Astronomy Magazine
  • New Mexico Tech Astronomy Clube
  • National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)
  • OPT Telescopes
  • Tele Vue Optics, Inc.
  • Vixen Optics, A Division of MrStarGuy, Inc.
  • Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes
  • Orion Telescopes and Binoculars
  • Celestron

The Enchanted Skies Star Party, held in Socorro, New Mexico, offers a unique Southwestern Astronomy experience with many exciting features. In this, our 21st year, ESSP will be held all four days at El Camino Real Historic Trail Site. One the many highlights for ESSP 2014 will be a swap meet. Look through your equipment and get ready for an opportunity to swap and score! We will host a fun Solar Saturday on September 27 with opportunities for the public to see solar scopes in action and learn how the native peoples used the Sun.

Tours of local Observatories will be offered once again at ESSP 2015.

Join us for 4 nights of dark, dark sky observing, an astronomy swap meet, door prizes, lectures, and Solar Saturday!

Nightly observing, lectures, Swap Meet, Solar Saturday, and camping will take place at our official “ESSP Dark Sky Site”, The El Camino Real Historic Trail Site 30 miles South of Socorro.

Please check back often for updated information. Know that the confirmed schedule of events for ESSP 2014 will be posted by July 15, 2014. Have a look at the rest of the pages on this site, or contact us if you still have questions!

El Camino Real sponsors