Enchanted Skies Star Parties

2015| Magdalena, NM

Orion Nebula, M42, with the 10

Orion Nebula, M42, with the 10” RCOS & Nikon D600, ISO3200, stack of 28 frames (14 minute exposure), before it set early Saturday evening (18-Apr-2015). Outside Magdalena, New Mexico. Image by Glen Wurden.

Star Party News

OCTOBER 14-17, 2015

Registration is OPEN! Click on the Registration & Fees tab at the top to begin. Please review the posted SCHEDULE before you register! Just a couple of reminders, no pets allowed at the dark sky site and bring warm clothes for cool evening observing! See you in October!!!



Memories from the April 2015 Enchanted Skies Star Party

Click HERE. Images by Glenn Bigelow.

Click HERE for a Santa Fe Reporter article by Julie Ann Grimm.

Contributing Sponsors for October 2015

Thanks to all the following sponsors for supporting amateur astronomy!

  • -Magdalena Chamber of Commerce

  • -National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)

  • -New Mexico Tech Astronomy Club

  • -New Mexico Tourism Department

  • -Socorro County Chamber of Commerce

  • Socorro Electric Cooperative

“Enchanted Skies Star Party” in Magdalena, New Mexico

The Enchanted Skies Star Party offers a unique Southwestern Astronomy experience with many exciting features. We continue our 22 year tradition of presenting outstanding lectures by leading professional and amateur astronomers, observing at 10,600’, special VIP behind-the-scenes tours and excellent dark-sky observing. Knowledgeable Astronomers from New Mexico Tech, The Very Large Array, Magdalena Ridge Observatory, and Magdalena Astronomical Society will be on hand for fascinating programs. Join us for dark sky observing, astronomy lectures, door prizes, and insider tours of the Very Large Array and the Magdalena Ridge Observatory. Nightly observing, lectures, and camping will take place at the Star Village location in the Cibola National Forest, just 15 minutes outside Magdalena, NM. For more information (including fees and registration) please have a look at the rest of the pages on this site.

“Last night I was moved, lifted off earth and transported close to what is far away.” Full quote here..Going Cosmic - Magdalena Star Party
Click HERE to listen to the April 2015 NPR/KUNM radio announcement!
See our video below to get an idea of the Magdalena Enchanted Skies Star Party experience!
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