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Star Gazing Camp near Mumbai

Overnight Camping in Sapale village, Astronomy awareness, night sky awareness - Saphale

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Star Gazing season is back! Let's browse some stars, planets and collect important information about our solar system!

This year, star gazing camp will be set up at a village known as Tandulwadi at Saphale region located at 87 km (2 hr drive) to the north of Mumbai. The dazzling night skies here are perfect for clear viewing of the stars due to crisp and unpolluted air.

Get to know our solar system, gaze at the numerous bright stars in the sky, watch stars and planets through high end astronomical devices! You never know this star gazing event might just strike the right chord and open new areas of interest in your life. You may just know what defines you best!


  • OrganiserSmartstay.in
  • Difficulty LevelLow
  • Ideal ForAll
  • Duration1 Nights / 2 Days
  • Stay Yes
  • StateMaharashtra
  • CitySaphale
  • Age5 - 70
  • PersonsMin. - 1, Max. - 50

Inclusions

  • Night Sky Gazing Event and On-Site Charge
  • Tent Stay
  • Veg. Dinner (Delicious Dhaba Type) & Veg. Breakfast
  • Tea & Drinking Water available

Exclusions

  • Anything not mentioned in the included list
  • GST 5%
  • Travel Cost to-fro from Saphale Station to Site (If required 150/- PP Extra)

Destination Details

About Destination:

  • Name of Location: Sai Baba temple
  • Nearest Village: Tandulwadi village
  • Region & District: Saphale
  • Distance from Saphale station: 7 KM approx
  • Distance from NH4 (Varai Naka): 12 KM approx
  • Distance from Ghodbunder: 45 Km approx

Details about equipment used by the vendor for star gazing:

  • 10 Inch Dobsonian Reflectors (2 Qty)-Antares GSO & SKY Watcher
  • Binoculars 10 x 50 (2 Qty)
  • Celestron Automated Mount (100mm Refractor)
  • Celestron Automated Mount for Astrophotography
  • EQ1 Manual - 75mm & 80mm Scope

Instructions

  • Carry enough warm clothing (particularly to keep your ears, body and feet warm) like scarf, sweaters, hood jackets, skull caps, shawls / sheets, Closed Shoes, etc. (Temp in Night will dip considerably 16-18 degree C)
  • It is advisable to carry your own mattress/ satranji/tarpaulin Sheet-we will be providing a basic mattress to facilitate sitting
  • Carry a Small torch with red Cellophane paper, personal medication and mosquito cream
  • For Astrophotography participant should bring in their own DSLR Camera, Tripod, Remote, Charger and Extra Battery
  • We recommend that participants stock themselves with light snacks and personnel water bottle (Need to drink water regularly)
  • Dinner cost is covered in the registration fees and there is a local 'hotel' near the camp-site that will cater dinner needs. Food is of Dhaba type but tasty and enjoyable
  • It goes without saying that littering at the camp-site is not permissible and we will be making arrangements for garbage bin that can be put to their optimum use
  • Smoking, Drinking & Barbeque is not allowed at campsite

Stay Details

  • Camping Tents

Rates & Dates

  • Rates: Adult INR 2000/- and Child (above 5 Yrs - 12 Yrs) - INR 1500/-
  • Observation depends on subject to availability of object & weather condition
  • No refund on cancellation & postponed of shows
  • Ladies/Family, please contact us if you wish to know the details of female Night Sky Gazer participant, because many female/family do not RSVP

Itinerary

Night Sky Gazing Schedule:

Participants are requested to reach the campsite by 5:30 pm. Sunset - 5:45pm
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Event Registration, Selfie Photos, Group Photo Session
7:00 - 7:30 pm - Session 1- Introduction & West Sky Objects, Satellite Tracking, Moon Observation
7:30 - 8:00 pm - Night Sky Orientation - North Star and Ursa Major
8:00 - 9:00 pm - Session 2- Astronomy Awareness Video Program
9:00 - 10:00 pm - Dinner Time (On-Site Delicious Veg Dinner)
10:30 - 11:30 pm - Session 3 - Telescope Orientation & Night Sky Observation, Globular Clusters and Galaxies
11:30 pm - 12:30 am - General Observation and Astrophotography
1:00 - 03:30 am - Power Nap - Charge Yourself and Camera/Tablet/Mobile Batteries
3:30 - 4:00 am - Tea Break
4:00 - 5:30 am - Session 4 - Early Morning Sky
5:30 - 6:30 am - Session 5 - ISS, Satellite, Iridium Flares Tracking & Crescent Moon
7:00 - 7:30 am - Breakfast / Tea and Group Photo
8:00 am - Event Closure

  • Participants can depart from the camp-site, or hang around with us from informal discussion / talk/contact sharing
  • Participants are free to observe all night or retire for a short sleep and join us again for observations.
  • We greatly encourage informal interactions/ discussion with us at any time during the night. We will answer (or try to be as close to your satisfaction as possible) all your questions. WE WILL BE AWAKE ALL NIGHT TO FACILITATE THOSE WHO WISH TO STAY AWAKE AND OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKY WITH US.
  • Amateur & Novice Users can also join and take opportunity to know the Night Sky and observe some of the deep sky objects like Planets, Nebulae's, Galaxies, Globular Cluster, Open Clusters, Double Stars and off course our Milky Way Galaxy etc.. no prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary for them. Night Sky Orientation will be provided during the Event

Terms

While at the camp-site you (Participants) are requested to strictly adhere to the following rules:
  • Prior Registration is compulsory for all the participants
  • Due to camp-site constraints we won't be able to accommodate half-night, half program charges
  • Although the camp-site is secure with partial fencing, NO ONE should wander off the camp-site without intimating the organizers or without organizer's permission
  • Use of white small torch should be minimal, it should be covered with Red Cellophane paper for reading Night Sky Maps
  • Please do respect the belongings of others at the campsite and avoid damaging any articles, tents, etc. Any Damage to Tent will be recovered from the participant
  • Use of mobile phone and camera with flash is to be minimal as possible or AS INSTRUCTED BY THE INSTRUCTORS / ORGANIZERS during the Observation Sessions
  • Do not Flash Bright Torch or Camera Flash on others during Observation Sessions. HUMAN EYE requires 30 Minutes to completely adapt to the Dark Night Sky
  • If you are carrying your own observation instrument like telescopes, binoculars, tripods, stands Imaging equipment (DSLR Camera and accessories) etc., then you yourself are responsible for all your equipment
  • Smoking and Drinking Alcohol is strictly prohibited at the Site. Drunken participants will be asked to leave the Site immediately. We strongly discourage you to consume alcohol in any form. The Organizers reserve the right to expel offending participants from the camp-site

Child Policy

  • Child from 5 to 12 years will be charged INR 1500/-

Pickup & Drop

  • Travel Cost to-fro from Saphale Station to Site (If required 150/- PP Extra)

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