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Events for stargazers

The L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area is a great place to see the stars anytime… but if you want to learn a little more about the night sky, we host events between May and September.
L&A County Dark Sky Viewing Area is a great spot for stargazing, astrophotography or deep sky observations with your telescope! Located less than an hour away from the 401, north of Greater Napanee.

Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour

Our popular Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour events take place on weekends near a new moon. Each start about an hour after dusk and last approximately 90 minutes. Weather permitting, you’ll get a laser-guided tour of the night sky by Joe Gilker from Dark Arts Astrophotography and have the opportunity to take a look through a telescope at various celestial objects. These events are a great way for novice stargazers to get acquainted with the night sky.
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7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, ON

Lennox & Addington County is excited to begin another fantastic stargazing season at the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area! Don’t miss our first event of 2020 – The “Before the Bugs” Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour – happening on May 22nd & 23rd (weather permitting).

Our popular Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour events take place on weekends near a new moon. Each start about an hour after dusk and last approximately 90 minutes. Guests will receive a tour of the night sky and have the opportunity to take a look through a telescope at various celestial objects.

These events are an excellent way for novice stargazers to get acquainted with the night sky.

Admission is free! Be sure to follow the DSVA event on Facebook for updates about weather conditions.

7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, ON

Prime stargazing season arrives this weekend at the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area! Don’t miss the “Summer’s Here” Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour – happening on June 19th & 20th (weather permitting).

Our popular Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour events take place on weekends near a new moon. Each start about an hour after dusk and last approximately 90 minutes. Guests will receive a tour of the night sky and have the opportunity to take a look through a telescope at various celestial objects.

These events are an excellent way for novice stargazers to get acquainted with the night sky.

Admission is free! Be sure to follow the DSVA event on Facebook for updates about weather conditions.

7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, ON

Prime stargazing season continues at the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area! Don’t miss the “The Milky Way” Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour: Episode I – happening on July 17th & 18th (weather permitting).

Our popular Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour events take place on weekends near a new moon. Each start about an hour after dusk and last approximately 90 minutes. Guests will receive a tour of the night sky and have the opportunity to take a look through a telescope at various celestial objects.

These events are an excellent way for novice stargazers to get acquainted with the night sky.

Admission is free! Be sure to follow the DSVA event on Facebook for updates about weather conditions.

7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, ON

Prime stargazing season continues at the L&A Dark Sky Viewing Area! Don’t miss the “The Milky Way” Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour: Episode II – happening on August 14th & 15th (weather permitting).

Our popular Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour events take place on weekends near a new moon. Each start about an hour after dusk and last approximately 90 minutes. Guests will receive a tour of the night sky and have the opportunity to take a look through a telescope at various celestial objects.

These events are an excellent way for novice stargazers to get acquainted with the night sky.

Admission is free! Be sure to follow the DSVA event on Facebook for updates about weather conditions.

Astro-Photographers Assemble

Our monthly Astrophotographers Assemble events are geared toward night sky photographers (but anyone can attend). It’s an informal evening where shutterbugs – from novice to expert and everyone in between – are encouraged to come out and photograph the stars overhead. Events begin about an hour after dusk and last all night (if you can stay awake that long).
7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, ON The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area presents “Astrophotographers Assemble”. It’s an informal evening where night sky photographers – from novice to expert and everyone in between – are encouraged to come out and photograph the stars overhead. Events occur on Saturday evenings on or near a new moon. We encourage you to send us your pics and we’ll share them on our social media channels! Tag us at #darkskyviewing or #unspoiledla. Admission is free! Be sure to follow the DSVA event on Facebook for updates about weather conditions.
7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, ON The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area presents “Astrophotographers Assemble”. It’s an informal evening where night sky photographers – from novice to expert and everyone in between – are encouraged to come out and photograph the stars overhead. Events occur on Saturday evenings on or near a new moon. We encourage you to send us your pics and we’ll share them on our social media channels! Tag us at #darkskyviewing or #unspoiledla. Admission is free! Be sure to follow the DSVA event on Facebook for updates about weather conditions.
7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, ON The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area presents “Astrophotographers Assemble”. It’s an informal evening where night sky photographers – from novice to expert and everyone in between – are encouraged to come out and photograph the stars overhead. Events occur on Saturday evenings on or near a new moon. We encourage you to send us your pics and we’ll share them on our social media channels! Tag us at #darkskyviewing or #unspoiledla. Admission is free! Be sure to follow the DSVA event on Facebook for updates about weather conditions.
7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, ON The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area presents “Astrophotographers Assemble”. It’s an informal evening where night sky photographers – from novice to expert and everyone in between – are encouraged to come out and photograph the stars overhead. Events occur on Saturday evenings on or near a new moon. We encourage you to send us your pics and we’ll share them on our social media channels! Tag us at #darkskyviewing or #unspoiledla. Admission is free! Be sure to follow the DSVA event on Facebook for updates about weather conditions.
7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, ON The Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area presents “Astrophotographers Assemble”. It’s an informal evening where night sky photographers – from novice to expert and everyone in between – are encouraged to come out and photograph the stars overhead. Events occur on Saturday evenings on or near a new moon. We encourage you to send us your pics and we’ll share them on our social media channels! Tag us at #darkskyviewing or #unspoiledla. Admission is free! Be sure to follow the DSVA event on Facebook for updates about weather conditions.

Up Close With The Moon

You can see the moon from everywhere, but have you ever looked at it up close? New for 2020, Tim Trentatue will be at the Dark Sky Viewing Area to teach visitors bit about the moon, and you can take a up close look at the surface of the moon through his high powered telescope.

At 9:00pm

7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, ON

You can see the moon from everywhere, but have you ever looked at it up close? New for 2020, Tim Trentatue be at the Dark Sky Viewing Area to teach visitors bit about the moon, and you can take a up close look at the surface of the moon through his high-powered telescope.

Admission is free! Be sure to follow the DSVA event on Facebook for updates about weather conditions.

At 8:30pm

7980 County Road 41, Erinsville, ON

You can see the moon from everywhere, but have you ever looked at it up close? New for 2020, Tim Trentatue be at the Dark Sky Viewing Area to teach visitors bit about the moon, and you can take a up close look at the surface of the moon through his high-powered telescope.

Admission is free! Be sure to follow the DSVA event on Facebook for updates about weather conditions.

Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid Meteor Shower, the northern hemisphere’s finest annual display of ‘shooting stars’, peaks during the overnight hours of August 11th & 12th. One of the best places to see the meteors in North America is at the Lennox & Addington Dark Sky Viewing Area! If you watch the night sky for at least 15 minutes on that night, you are guaranteed to see at least one meteor—likely more. The longer you watch, the more meteors will flash through the sky.

Please note: the peak is a week before a new moon so conditions should be quite good (weather permitting).

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