A unique stargazing experience is coming to the Eastern Sierra this spring. The Eastern Sierra Observatory (ESO) will be hosting guests at its location just east of Bishop for nights of viewing the cosmos through an amazing 14 inch Meade telescope, relaxing with binoculars in a stargazers lounge, sitting in a hot tub under the Milky Way, and camp/glamp accommodations in a spacey SHIFTPOD.
For those who want to photograph the cosmos, one can bring their own DSLR camera when they visit, and they’ll be able to attach it to the telescope with guidance from the operator to capture images of star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae! Or, maybe you’d prefer a more chill night… relaxing on a poolside-style lounge chair gazing at the heavens through a pair of binoculars, or sitting in the hot tub underneath the Milky Way. There will be many ways to lose yourself in the nighttime sky during your stay at the ESO.
The observatory is being operated by Scott Lange and Nick Foster - aka Dark Sky Photography (DarkSkyPhotography.com) - and the duo have been shooting nighttime skies in and around the Eastside for several years. In 2015, they hiked the John Muir Trail with an emphasis on the nighttime sky and created a coffee table book titled, The Range of Light: Night & Day on the John Muir Trail. The last of those remaining books, along with options for prints, postcards, and of course the ability to visit the new observatory are among the rewards being offered for their latest Kickstarter project to upgrade the telescope for the ESO. Lange, who holds a degree in Astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz, and Foster, a mechanical engineer who builds rockets for a living, are aiming to make this a one of a kind stargazing experience. The Kickstarter project runs between January 2nd and February 5th, 2019, and the ESO is set to open in late April. Those helping to create this experience by booking a stay now will also inherit some lifetime benefits at the observatory. Check out the project for more info or to book a night: Visit.EasternSierraObservatory.com