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Milky Way Boat Cruises 8/30 and 8/31 have been cancelled due to clouds
Come Explore the Stars!- Astronomy Sky Tours

 
We are pleased to host you for a fascinating night of exploring the stars under the canopy of a dark night sky. You will experience an incredible evening of stargazing guided by seasoned astronomers. Throughout the entire year we have our regular tours located in Lebanon & Colchester, CT. We also do special events in the warmer months, such as our Cape Cod Bay and Cape May Boat Cruises (scroll down this web page for details). We also do campground astronomy events. Come enjoy the vast beauty of a star filled sky!
What to Expect at the Farm
Expect to lay back in chairs with a cozy blanket in comfort and thoroughly enjoy the heavens above. Expect really cool stuff like the light of 800 Billion Stars entering into your pupil after traveling 2.5 million years....this is the Andromeda Galaxy...staggering to try to comprehend! Expect to see planetary detail like the rings of Saturn or the great storm and belts of Jupiter. Expect to see things our own galaxy has to offer....like nebula...these are clouds of dust and gas illuminated by surrounding stars and glow in there light...simply beautiful! Expect the unexpected...like a random fireball (large shooting star) or a comet that has just entered our region from deep space.
As you lay back in comfort looking up at the stars, you will be given an overview of the constellations and the brightest stars in the night sky using a high power laser pointer.
The tour is 90 minutes and during that time you may have surprise viewings of shooting stars or even a fireball!

After the overview of the night sky, we then give you an up close view of selected celestial objects through one of our powerful telescopes and what we look at will depend on the viewing conditions and what is actually visible that night. We provide all seating for events at the farm.

 

We view the following objects:

  • Star Clusters
  • Saturn
  • Jupiter
  • Galaxies
  • Double Stars
  • Shooting Stars & Fireballs
  • Earthís Moon
  • Satellite Passes
  • Space Station Passes
  • Comets
  • Red Super Giant Stars
  • Planetary Nebula
    * Note: Not all objects are visible on every night.
Special Events 2014

Meteor Shower / Milky Way Boat Cruises on Cape Cod Bay and Cape May, NJ!

As Seen in The Boston Globe

Come join us on an evening cruise into the middle of Cape Cod Bay and off the coast of Cape May! This is a once in a lifetime experience, over the dark unobstructed skies of the ocean. This is our second year doing this unique venture and we had such tremendous feedback last year, we decided to do this again in 2014. The skies in the middle of Cape Cod Bay and off Cape May are as dark as the skies in the mountains of Vermont, but without the mosquitoes! Many people who live in populated locations have never seen dark skies completely filled with stars, as you will see on this cruise! Imagine the beauty of the ocean and the stars, as the large boat comes to a stop and shuts down her engines and dims her lights! On the open top deck of the boat, you will be given a narrated tour of the night sky, while shooting stars and satellites give surprise visits.


We use powerful lasers to point and guide you to planets, galaxies, nebula, giant red stars, giant blue stars, star clusters, the Milky Way, and locations of black holes! We will also outline the major constellations and discuss there mythology and much more. If you have never seen the Milky Way, our home galaxy, this cruise will be one of the best views you will have, given the dark skies in these waters. During the summer the center of the Milky way is breathtaking as it meanders across high in the star filled sky as seen from these locations! For the Cape Cod cruise, we will be chartering Captain John's vessels in Plymouth, MA. Here is a link to his website http://www.captjohn.com/. In Cape May, NJ we will be chartering The Cape May Whale Watcher boats. Here is a link to there website http://capemaywhalewatcher.com/ Below are the dates scheduled for 2014.


The entire cruise is approximately 3 hours in total. Leaving the dock at 9 pm, and returning at midnight. Food and beverages including alcohol will be available during the cruise, purchased separately. Not recommended for children under 12. Click below to purchase your ticket online. Email markstreefarm@yahoo.com with any questions. Space is limited and you should make your reservations as soon as possible!


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On The Rocks Restaurant at Fox Hopyard!

This is a special night to have that quiet dinner out and then after enjoy our astronomy tour outside the beautiful premises of the restaurant and golf course! We will be doing this on Saturday May 31 (sold out) and Friday June 27. The astronomy tour will be starting at 9:30 pm. It just so happens that the location of this restaurant is in one of the darkest locations in CT, so the stars are amazing! Just like at the farm, we will provide lounge chairs and we will bring along our large telescopes, so after the laser guided tour, you can glance at the ringed planet Saturn and more! Vouchers purchased for events at the farm can also be used for this event. You will have to make your own reservations at the restaurant (probably no later than 8:30 pm). Follow this link to the restaurant web site for the menu and directions; http://otrrestaurant.com/
Space is limited, so make your reservations for this unique event soon. Email MarksTreeFarm@yahoo.com

Campground Tour to watch a Meteor Storm!
Friday May 23, 2014. Explore the Stars Tour at the Grandview Campground in Moodus, CT. ( http://grandviewcampingresort.com/ ) We will do a laser and telescope tour from 10 pm to 11:30 pm, and after enjoy camping under the stars! A very unique opportunity exists to witness what is called a "Meteor Storm" on this evening. A good meteor shower produces about 100 shooting stars per hour, but a meteor "storm" produces possibly thousands per hour! For more information on this, click on this link; http://www.space.com/18149-new-meteor-shower-2014-meteor-storm.html You can use any special coupons or vouchers for this event that were purchased for our regular tours at the farm. The campground fees are not included. Tent camping is $35 and regular visitor fees for those not tenting apply ($7 per person). Let us know by email markstreefarm@yahoo.com if you want to make reservations for this special Explore The Stars event. space is limited!
 

Reservations

Send us an email to make a reservation or call to inquire about availability. Our farm tours will be starting between 9:00 PM and 9:30 PM during June and July 2014. Our tours operate on Saturday evenings from November to April. May through June we operate tours on Friday and Saturday, and July through October we operate tours Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We will confirm your reservation back by email with directions and other information.
Send email to markstreefarm@yahoo.com.
860-908-3853
Priority is given to those guests who make a reservation and purchase ticket(s) online (bottom of this page).

 

We accept Visa, Mastercard and Amex. Tickets can be purchased online at the bottom of this page. Payments can be made upon arrival only by check or cash.
$65 per adult ( Regular Tour)
$50 per adult for groups of 5 or more booking together ( Regular Tour)
$25 per child 12 years old and under (Regular Tour)
Check the Special Event section above for pricing on those events
If your child is too young and you donít intend for them to look through the telescope the child attends as our guest. If your child intends to look through the telecope they will be priced at the child rate.

 

We do not recommed chidren under 5 years old participate in our program as their eyes are unable to focus on faint objects and our telescopes are expensive delicate finely tuned instruments. They are welcome to come as our guest.

$450 Private tour of 1.5 hours for up to 20 people. Great for birthdays or family gatherings.

* No deposit is necessary for individual reservations. There is never a cancellation fee due to bad weather. We reserve the right to cancel not less than two hours before the tour begins if the weather changes unexpectedly.
 
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