Marvel at the wonders of our night sky with state-of-the-art telescopes

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Wondering if there is life outside our solar system is a fantasy. Spending a unique evening with friends exploring the galaxies and enjoying your own private star party, well, that’s a treat out of this world. Fortunately, here in Montana, you don’t have to be a NASA scientist or travel far to get beyond our big skies. Conveniently located along the shores of Canyon Ferry Lake is a large telescope for public use in Montana at the Montana Learning Center.

The Montana Learning Center is an extraordinary organization whose purpose is to teach and promote quality immersive experiences for everyone in science, technology, engineering, and math. They proudly offer astronomy programs that give keen stargazers an inside look at what lies above our Montana skies. This is a unique opportunity to explore the universe and see galaxies and nebulae up close through state-of-the-art telescopes. You can even book a private star party and reserve telescopes for your personal use or bring a group of friends to share an evening of wonder in the skies. (Groups of six people maximum.)

The Centre’s newest telescope, a 14-inch DeltaRho from PlaneWave Instruments, has a 24-megapixel camera. This revolutionary wide-field telescope is perfect for photographing deep space. Can you imagine what it’s like to take pictures of star clusters light years from Earth? With this telescope, it is possible! It lets you capture the cosmos in ways you never could with an ordinary lens. The DeltaRho reservation cost is $600 per evening. There is also a $75/hour instruction fee which includes the first two hours of an overnight rental.

The second telescope available for reservation is the Montana Learning Center’s 25-inch telescope. It is the largest public-use telescope in Montana. With its remarkable lens, you’ll be able to see spectacular nebulae and distant galaxies like you’ve never seen them before. It’s amazing to navigate the Milky Way and see important deep sky objects. The cost to reserve this telescope is $500 per evening. And there’s also a $75/hour instruction fee that includes the first two hours of an overnight rental.

If seeing the wonders of the universe on a private tour is on your wish list, reserving a telescope at the state-of-the-art Montana Learning Center Astronomical Park is a must-do experience. To learn more and reserve a telescope, visit https://montanalearning.org/astronomy/.

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