Stargazing near Joshua Tree National Park

Sky’s The Limit
Observatory & Nature Center

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center (STL) in 29 Palms invites stargazers to explore the cosmos on Saturday nights (except during a full moon), for free star-viewing events. Take a tour of the night sky with volunteer astronomers and see stars, planets, constellations, and the ethereal Milky Way. This FREE public event begins after sunset and ends between 9 p.m. and midnight, depending on the season. Monthly Star Viewing Events are listed on our Calendar of Events, or at

Sky;s The Limit Observatory and Nature Centere, 29 Palms, CASTL has a variety of types and sizes of telescopes set up for viewing on obsevations pads, along with the 14″ Celestron telescope in the observation dome. Guests are invited to bring their own binoculars and scopes as well. Pads are provided for telescope setup, and STL volunteers will make every effort to assist as needed in setting up and using equipment.

Guests are encouraged to come around sunset to have time to get familiar with the campus and visit other educational attractions before stargazing begins at dark. There is no formal program, so guests are free to arrive or leave whenever they wish.

A flashlight or headlamp with a red lens is welcome. Red lighting is the preferred lighting at astronomical facilities because white light adversely affects night vision, which in turn affects viewing through a telescope.

The 15-acres campus is at 2800 feet, so it can be chilly, even in the warm months. Everyone should dress for unpredictable desert weather and bring snacks, water bottles, and chairs. There are restrooms but no running water on campus. Children under 16 must be accompanied by adults. No pets and no smoking allowed on the STL campus, and visitors must carry out all trash.

The seasonal sky is very unpredictable and a viewing event may have to be delayed, rescheduled, or cancelled due to cloudiness, rain, or excessive wind. Check Sky’s The Limit Facebook Page or follow @STL29Palms to learn the latest status of an event. Or call RAY YEAGER at (760) 365-7897.

For more information and to see photos taken through STL’s 14” Celestron Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope, visit the STL website at STL is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to support Sky’s The Limit’s educational programs are gratefully accepted.

Sky’s The Limit Observatory and Nature Center
9697 Utah Trail
P.O. Box 1
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(at the North Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms)
Remaining 2018 schedule:
AUGUST 4 – The Summer Triangle; 8:30pm – Midnight
AUGUST 11 – Saturn, Mars, and The Milky Way; 8:30pm – Midnight
AUGUST 18 – Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and the Moon; 8:00 – 10:30pm
SEPTEMBER 1 – Saturn, Mars, Clusters and Nebulae; 8:00 – 11:30pm
SEPTEMBER 8 – Planets and the Summer Milky Way; 7:45 – 11:15pm
SEPTEMBER 15 – First Quarter Moon, Saturn & Mars; 7:30 – 10:30pm
SEPTEMBER 29 – Hidden Treasures of the Night Sky; 7:15 – 10:00pm
OCTOBER 6 – Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way; 7:00 – 10:30pm
OCTOBER 13 – Crescent Moon, Saturn & Mars; 6:45 – 10:30pm
NOVEMBER 3 – Sidewalk Astronomy; 6:45 – 10:30pm
DECEMBER 1 – Spectacles of the Fall Sky; 5:30 – 9:00pm
DECEMBER 8 – Deep Sky Highlights; 5:30 – 9:00pm
DECEMBER 29 – The Winter Milky Way; 5:45 – 9:00pm


Night Sky Festival, 29 Palms, California, Joshua Tree National ParkThe Night Sky Festival is a one-day event that celebrates Joshua Tree National Park’s night sky. This annual all-day fundraiser includes morning and evening events on Saturday, November 10, 2018, plus a special astrophotography workshop starting on Friday night. Saturday is a star-filled day with multiple sessions…some are for pre-purchased tickets, others are free. Add-ons such as boxed lunches, VIP Parking, Glow-In-The-Dark T-shirts will be available during online purchase of your tickets. Events are held at Sky’s The Limit Observatory & Nature Center and the Community Center and Patriotic Hall in Luckie Park, Twentynine Palms, CA.
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 9:00 am-8:30 pm | Community Center
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 9:30 am-12:15 pm | $30 per person | Sky’s The Limit
Saturday, Nov. 10 | FREE | 3 Presentations: 1-2 pm, 2-3 pm, 3-4 pm | Patriotic Hall
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 6:00-10:30 pm | $50 (adults), $35 (under 14) | Sky’s The Limit
$160 per person (both sessions & light meal on Friday included)
Friday, Nov. 9 | 6:30-10:30 pm | SESSION 1 | Sky’s The Limit
Saturday, Nov. 10 | 10:00 am to NOON | SESSION 2 | Community Center

For tickets and more information, go to
Tickets include a shuttle from Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms to Sky’s The Limit. For people with disabilities, accessible transportation will be provided by contacting us at If the event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, ticket costs minus an administrative fee (not to exceed $5) will be refunded. Tickets are limited, so get yours today! Tickets go on sale August 1, 2018 – NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR.
Plan accommodations early!

Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club

The Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club founders, Steve and Ciera, have been doing public outreach in astronomy in the hi-desert for several years. Their new astronomy club is meant to focus on public outreach events in the greater Morongo Basin area. They will be bringing their telescope to different locations and sharing their love of the night sky with people, through organized public star parties and collaborations with other local organizations. They also will be offering services in telescope repair/diagnostics, night sky astrophotography lessons, and private stargazing events. They are currently developing a dark sky location to host star parties and are planning to organize free public star parties, private events, as well as traditional star parties for local amateur astronomers and astrophotographers.

The Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club offers private stargazing events at a location of your choice. Private star parties are evenings of stargazing with telescopes, binoculars and laser constellation tours lead by our expert astronomers.  Email or send a text to Steve at 760-401-3004 if you are interested in or have questions about private events.

Lessons in astrophotography using DSLR cameras or an iPhone are also offered by the astronomers, with instruction in taking various forms of astrophotography including Milky Way star field shots with a traditional camera lens and tripod, or through-telescope pictures of deep sky objects. You must provide a camera, lens or smart phone. Tripods, telescopes, and adapters for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras will be provided by the astronomy club.

To contact Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club about private stargazing events, public outreach opportunities, telescope repair/diagnostics, telescope donations, or night sky astrophotography lessons, email or send a text to Steve at 760-401-3004. Visit their Facebook page at:


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