For Enchanted Skies Star Parties hosted by the Magdalena Astronomical Society
Where do the events take place?
The dark sky observing site(which we call “Star Village”) is about 10-15 minute drive NW Magdalena, NM in the Cibola National Forest. GPS coordinates are: 34.124224, -107.315520. It is recommended that you print out a map and driving directions before arriving since cell service is limited to Verizon, and can be spotty.
Where do I stay?
Click HERE for suggested accommodations in Magdalena. For those who want to RV or camp, dry camping at the Dark Sky site is another option. If you register on-line, please indicate if you need RV and/or tent sites.
Is Power Available?
Power is not available.
Is Potable Water Available?
Potable water is not available. Please bring your own!
Is food Available?
There will be a food truck onsite offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.
What do I wear?
Layers, layers, layers, hats and gloves. The elevation at Star Village in Magdalena is near 7,000 feet above sea level. The average temperatures will be ~ a HIGH of 60º Fahrenheit (15º Celsius) and LOW of 30º Farenheit (0º Celsius). Be aware that The Magdalena Ridge Observatory is at 10,600 feet and will probably be well below freezing at night at this time of year! Come prepared!
May I leave my equipment set up at my campsite and will it be safe?
You are responsible for your equipment. However, there will be hosts at the Dark Sky site at all times.
What about restrooms?
Porta Potties will be available at the Dark Sky site.
Are showers available?
ESSP has arranged a room at the Magdalena Hall Hotel where ALL 4 DAY registrants can shower. Click HERE to see details and directions.
Are there any camera restrictions?
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