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), viewing stars, constellations, planets, and the Milky Way with a resident astronomer and volunteers. This FREE public event begins after sunset and ends around midnight, depending on the season. Monthly Star Viewing Events are listed on our Calendar of Events, or visit

Sky;s The Limit Observatory and Nature Centere, 29 Palms, CASTL has a variety of types and sizes of telescopes set up for viewing, and 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, however, so guests are free to arrive or leave whenever they wish.

A flashlight, headlamp, etc. 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)

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 will be focusing 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. Organized public star parties and collaborations with other local organizations will soon follow. They will also 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 around the Morongo Basin area 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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