A Star Party: Picnic, Observatory Tour, and Stargazing

Enjoy a Star Party consisting of a BYO picnic followed by an observatory tour and stargazing with Gayle Riggsbee, a long-time leader of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club. Rain date is Saturday, May 10.

Cost: $5.00
NOTE: Registration fees are nonrefundable. Consider them a donation to the CAAC. 

Visit with University of Chicago alumni and friends over a casual picnic of your choosing starting at 6:00 pm.  Gayle Riggsbee, a long-time leader of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club, will provide a tour of the observatory and a short presentation about what we will view in the sky this evening. Stargazing will begin about 8:30 pm once dark and will continue until 11:00 pm. You may arrive and leave at your leisure and feel free to bring your own telescope as several concrete pads are available for this use. This event is suitable for children ages 8 and above who would like to participate in the evening's activities.

The Gayle H. Riggsbee Observatory is located about 1 hour southeast of Charlotte in rural Taxahaw, South Carolina in Lancaster County where light pollution does not affect night vision and the full extent of the Milky Way can be seen. The observatory is equipped with 3 large CAAC-owned telescopes that are used to educate and inspire citizens of the Charlotte region and across the state of North Carolina: 8 Inch Alvan Clark Refractor f15, 16 Inch Cassegrain f10, and 24 Inch Newtonian Reflector f5. Amenities include WiFi, a lecture/warm-up room with microwave ovens and refrigerator, restrooms with shower, picnic pavilion, gas grill, and yard games including corn hole, frisbee, badminton, and volleyball.

Please visit the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club for more information about the CAAC and observatory.

Directions to the Gayle H. Riggsbee Observatory will be emailed to all registered participants.


Event Contact
Farley Snow MBA '01

Staff Liaison
Mari Meyer