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Black Butte Ranch

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Stargaze in the Big Meadow!

"It was fascinating looking at the stars and learning about them, the constellations, and planets. I liked having the sky chart and learning how to use it--very cool! Now I have developed a better informed appreciation for the dark night sky."

Stargazing & Moon-gazing

Enjoy the brilliance of Black Butte Ranch's incredible night sky!  You'll listen to an ancient story about the stars, find constellations, find and learn about other interesting visible night sky objects, and look at visible planets through a 70mm beginners telescope (100 x's the human eye). Each participant will receive and learn how to use a sky map, specialized to the month of viewing. Tours are suited to all ages. 

Special Full Moon programs also available!  You'll look at the details of the Moon through binoculars and a 70mm beginners telescope (100 x's the human eye). You'll also get to listen to an ancient story about the Moon and learn lots of cool Moon facts. 

Available Dates - 2024

  • May 25 Saturday 9:00PM

  • June 13, Thursday 9:15PM

  • June 20, Thursday 9:30PM 🌕 Full Moon & Summer Solstice

  • July 5, Friday 9:30PM

  • July 9, Tuesday 9:15PM

  • July 13, Friday 9:15PM

  • July 15, Monday 9:15PM

  • July 21, Sunday 9:15PM 🌕 Full Moon

  • July 24, Wednesday 9:15PM

  • July 31, Wednesday 9:00PM

  • August 3, Saturday 9:00PM

  • August 7, Wednesday 9:00PM

  • August 13, Tuesday 8:45PM

  • August 19, Monday 8:30PM 🌕 Full Moon

  • August 24, Saturday 8:30PM

  • August 28, Wednesday 8:15PM

  • August 31, Saturday 8:15PM

  • September 7, Saturday 8:00PM

  • September 17, Tuesday 7:15PM 🌕 Full Moon

  • October 18, Friday 6:45PM 🌕 Full Moon

  • November 16, Saturday 5:00PM 🌕 Full Moon



$15/Kids ages 0-15; must be accompanied by an adult

You'll pay a nonrefundable deposit of $5/person to reserve a spot. Then you'll pay the balance in person with a credit card, cash, or venmo. (see cancellation policy below)

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If a program is full or the scheduled dates don't work for you, please inquire about scheduling an additional evening to accommodate your group.


Custom programs for weddings or other special groups also available.

10% off for groups of 12 or more with promo code:  STARGROUPDISCOUNT

  • Enjoy a guided experience of Central Oregon's incredible night sky. 

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    From 15 US dollars

"Our small group of Seniors enjoyed stargazing immensely and have shared our experience with other seniors at BBR and others who visit the ranch regularly. We look forward to participating again in the future!"

Tour Details

Stargazing Tours are approximately one hour long, and will begin soon after gathering, once all payments are processed and waivers collected. The instructor will stay after the formal presentation to answer any questions. Please arrive up to 15mins early to process your payment/complete waivers. 

Where to meet

Please park at the very back of the Big Meadow golf parking lot past Robert's pub.  There is a short 3 minute walk on an accessible bark-chipped path into the meadow where we will stargaze.

What to Bring

  • warm layers

  • blanket to lay on or chairs to sit on (It is highly recommended that those with limited mobility bring their own lawn chairs.)

  • curiosity and wonder!

Optional but encouraged

  • red light flashlight 

  • binoculars 

  • a sky viewing app on your phone, recommended is SkyView Lite--its free!

Learn About Your Guide

Check out Starshine's About Page to learn about our guides

Liability Waiver

Please download and fill out the liability waiver linked here.  You can print and bring with you, or email to Printed waivers will also be available to sign on the day of the program. 

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Cancellation Policy

$5/person deposit is not refundable, even if a program cancels due to weather.

If a program cancels for a reason other than weather or civic mandates, your deposit will be refunded in full.

If you cancel your reservation 30 days or more in advance, your deposit will be refunded. Cancellations within 30 days, will not receive a refund, and are expected to pay in full. 

Other Starshine Experiences at Black Butte Ranch

Private Guided Hike, Ski, or Snowshoe

Explore the incredible beauty and natural diversity of Black Butte Ranch alongside local naturalist and educator, Jennie Sharp. You'll learn about local plants and animals, geography, geology, and human history in this gorgeous place. Kids and adults are welcome! During winter months, snowshoes and skis can be rented at the GMRC Rental Shop, 541.595.5877 | 13695 Hawksbeard.

  • Enjoy a private guided experience of the incredible natural beauty of ...

    Starting at $100
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