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Fantastic Night Programs

Our astronomy programs give stargazers an inside look of the beautiful skies above Canyon Ferry Lake. We offer group and individual programs.

Star Party

Enjoy an evening of astronomical wonder away from city lights under the dark skies of Montana. Join us for a star party. This three-hour program is an introduction and sampler for beginning stargazers. Groups include adults and families with children eight years old or older. It’s a perfect way to celebrate an anniversary or birthday.

Our guide will help you use star charts to locate constellations and take a tour of the night sky. Then you use the largest public telescope in Montana to view the cosmos. You’ll see a variety of astronomical objects and learn their importance. This program is held from June through October, weather permitting. Your experience includes hot chocolate and a snack. Campfire on request, and reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Maximum group size is 20.

Cost: $15/child and $25/adult

Check out the wonders of the night sky

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Reserve a Telescope

Two telescopes are available for you or for groups up to six people. If you haven’t used a telescope of their quality, you won’t believe your eyes!

You can reserve our 14-inch robotic telescope for the night. Our telescope is equipped with a HyperStar unit and a 12M pixel color camera making it great for photographing deep-space objects fast. It features high sensitivity and extremely low read noise, making it suitable for imaging.
Cost: $300 a night

Instruction: $75/hour (first hour included in nightly rental)

With our 25-inch telescope, Montana’s largest public-use telescope, you’ll see nebulae and galaxies like you have never seen them before. It’s great for cruising the Milky Way and large deep sky objects. Your guide will help you travel the universe.
Cost: $250 a night

Instruction: $75/hour (first hour included in nightly rental)

View the Night Skies of New Mexico!

The 16” RC Optical Systems telescope is hosted by New Mexico Skies at the Pérez Observatory near Mayhill, NM. Thanks to the very kind generosity of Christian Pérez and Mike & Lynn Rice of New Mexico Skies, our students and teachers have the opportunity to access this amazing resource that is located 7,300 ft above sea level.


View the All- Sky Camera

This 24 hour live view camera is set up on the MLC campus and includes aurora predictions, constellation overlay, night timelapse, keogram, plus star trails.

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Robotic Telescopes offer new opportunities

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