What You Can Expect

Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours
Maximum CApacity: 16 people
COST: $30-$55 (CAN)
Recommended Age - 6+

 

Introduction (20 min)

Start the experience in the observatory's presentation room to learn about Deep Sky Eye, astronomy basics, and the night's celestial wonders you will discover!

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the night sky (30-40 minutes)

Outside, under the beauty of the Milky Way, learn to navigate the night sky using points of reference such as Polaris (North Star) and various constellations.

Enjoy a 3D tour of the solar system (Orrery) and stories of the constellations using the National Geographic Night Sky Odyssey augmented reality headset. Headset and software is yours to keep and enjoy forever (Included with purchase of General Admission ticket only.)

NOTE: To prepare for this experience please visit the following website, https://starchartar.com and download the “Star Chart AR” app on your cell phone. If you DO NOT have a compatible phone please let us know at the time of booking.

Click the link below to learn about the technology.

 

Telescope (30-60 minutes)

Back in the observatory dome, you'll learn the techniques for peering through a telescope (yes there is a technique). See planets, nebulae, and distant galaxies close up! (depending on visibility and time of year certain objects are not visible).

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WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER?

If the skies are cloudy during your visit you have two choices:

  1. Instead of using the telescope, we offer the 3D tour of the solar system using the National Geographic Night Sky Odyssey headset. Standard rates apply.

  2. Reschedule/Cancel your booking, at no cost on or before 5:00pm the day of the experience.

In the event of rain or other extreme weather, the event will be cancelled and tickets will be refunded.


COST OF Admission

  • All prices include applicable taxes

  • General Admission: $55.00 CAN

  • Children aged 6 - 12 years: $30.00 CAN

  • Group Rates: Special discounted rates are available for non-profit, school groups and will be handled on a case by case basis. Please contact us for more details.


Photography

We encourage everyone to bring their cameras and cellphones. The opportunity ‘may’ arise that will allow you to take images of the Moon and planets through the telescope using your cellphone.   In order to speed up the process of taking photographs, we ask that you familiarize yourself with a few basic features of your phone or camera.

Know how to turn down the brightness of the display

  1. Know how to turn off the flash of your device.

  2. Know how to switch between 'Photo' mode (taking pictures) and 'Video' mode (record a movie).

  3. If you are using a DSLR camera or compact camera you will want to familiarize yourself with it's specific features - M (manual mode) and how to focus to infinity.

OTHER NOTES

  • Please remember to dress in layers as the temperature drops quickly in the Fall, Spring & Winter. Gloves and a tuque are a must.

  • Bring bug spray. In the late spring and summer the black flies and mosquitoes are out!

  • Alcohol or smoking are not permitted on the grounds.


YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE!

STEP 1: CHECK THE WEATHER

Step 2: Book using the form below
 

Please Read Carefully:

  • Ticket types (General & Child) must be purchased separately.

  • Once payment is complete you will receive a confirmation email. The email will also include instructions on how to Cancel/Reschedule your appointment.

  • All prices include applicable tax (HST 15%)

  • Payment in full is required at the time of booking.

  • Refunds will be issued up to 5:00pm the day of the experience.

  • Deposit is non-refundable for no-shows and cancellations after 5:00pm the day of the event.

  • We accept cash and all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express)

  • To get the most out of this experience please visit the following website, https://starchartar.com and download the “Star Chart AR” app on your smartphone. You will recieve and activation code when you arrive for the experience. If you DO NOT have a compatible smartphone please let us know at the time of booking.