Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center

Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center

Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center
4.5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Sky's The Limit Observatory & Nature Center campus is always open but the buildings - including restrooms and the dome - are open only during events; limited programs are being offered and docents are usually on campus Saturday mornings 10-noon. Individuals and families are welcome to explore the Orrery, Nature and Wilderness Trails, and the Meditation Garden. Sky's the Limit Observatory and Nature Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hands-on learning opportunities for the people of and visitors to the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities. We provide a place where the honest pursuit of knowledge enriches the lives of all willing to participate, whether to view the smallest objects on the Earth, or observe the colossal displays in the sky. Visit our website for photos and information. Please: no pets, no alcohol, no smoking, no camping or overnight stays.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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waynefromcali
Yucaipa, CA3,235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
Skys The Limit Observatory near beautiful JoshuaTree National Park is surrounded by some of the most scenic desert landscapes in the US!
A great experience for the entire family,couples,seniors or teens.
Lots to see and do here and explore!
Lots to photograph here including the night time "dark sky" star sky full of millions of stars!
You'll love The Skys The Limit Observatory and the entire Joshua Tree National Park experience!
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Written December 21, 2020
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TiffMateas
Orange County, CA297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Such a fun spot to visit and it's conveniently located right near the entrance to the National Park, so take in both sites while in town. I haven't had a chance to spy the stars at night from this location, but even visiting this well-manicured facility during the daylight hours is informative. There is a mock-up of our solar system, with markers even outside of the main circle indicating other landmarks in space. Visitors are even encouraged to pick a rock out of the gravel drive way around the inner circle, as their very own star they can sign their name on, and update on their web site. I put an important family name on my rock and placed it near the oil drum representing Pluto, because as the staff member assisting me that day and I both agree, Pluto is still important :-) He was a retired Marine from the base who spends his time helping out at the Observatory, and who is very friendly and full of interesting tid bits of knowledge. I was grateful he was there to lend his time, and will be back for a night time viewing event soon.
Written May 4, 2015
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samanthastidham
Portland, OR2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We were staying in 29 Palms hiking Joshua Tree and drove past this place a couple times before I decided to google it and see what the deal was. So glad I did! We visited on a Saturday night and there were a bunch of telescopes set up, including the big one in the dome. We got to see M13, Jupiter & it’s moons, Venus, and some other stars. All the astronomers were super nice. Definitely worth a side trip!
Written May 13, 2018
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Doug B
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States698 contributions
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Feb 2020
We waited 2 hours to get into the observatory and spent about 2 minutes each looking through the huge telescope. Unless you are a veteran astrologer, I doubt you will have any better of an experience than we did. Just seeing lots of stars in the "nebula" didn't mean much more to us than looking at all the stars outside of the observatory. The night sky out there is beautiful--just not the long wait to see not much else.
Written February 16, 2020
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Hi Doug, We're sorry to hear your experience was disappointing. If you were here over the Presidents' Day weekend, you happened to be one of several hundred -- a very unusual crowd for one of our Star Parties. We are all volunteers and enjoy giving our free public star parties. People come from across the country and around the world to visit, and most are thrilled to actually see stars and get a chance to look at some deep sky objects through our various telescopes. It's certainly true that the night you were here the volunteers were overwhelmed by the number of people and the lines were long. Amazingly, many people that night said they had a great time anyway! We hope you'll come back on a non-holiday weekend and spend some time talking with our volunteer astronomers (we are not doing astrology) and get a chance to see some other deep sky objects.
Written February 19, 2020
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Channell1979
Twentynine Palms, CA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
This place is really one of the true gems in the area. It's located just before Utah Trails park entrance and its beautiful up there. Especially at night. Its a shame they are closing due to theft. Check it out while you still can.
Written May 3, 2016
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Thank you for visiting Sky's the Limit Observatory! We are so glad that you enjoyed your trip. I do want to clear up some confusion, we are definitely not closing down! We love doing our free star parties and the theft of our solar panels will not get in the way of our passion. The theft of our solar power system occurred in January, and we have not stopped doing our star parties at all since the theft! We have had great community support and plan to have power restored by the end of the year. We hope you will continue to enjoy our observatory!
Written June 14, 2016
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mojavelight
California32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
I've had the pleasure of being part of this organization since the ground-breaking a few years ago. Now, they host many successful events from night sky viewing with expert assistance to daytime educational classes for area schools - which my students enjoyed this spring. Well done presentations by knowledgeable volunteers! The site is just gorgeous with 360 degree views and is well maintained. Perfect for astronomer enthusiasts and families. Pack a picnic and head over to watch the desert sky turn glorious colors before setting up your own telescope or partake in their monthly night sky events. Bring your own water, snacks, and chairs as there are no concessions nearby. Well worth the drive out.
Written May 19, 2015
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MAnderson_10
St. George, UT22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
We walked around the grounds and had a tour by a volunteer who was there. Fun place with sculptures and scale depiction of the solar system. We found out they had a star party event the night before and were so bummed we didn't know about it. Next time we'll know better!
Written November 23, 2016
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Thank you for your review of our observatory! We are delighted to hear that Mike S. gave your family a tour of our orrery, and we hope you enjoyed! We hope you can eventually make it out to one of our star parties, they are so much fun! We have our events listed on our website, including those for next year, so we hope you can plan a trip out again! So glad you enjoyed!
Written December 1, 2016
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englishmanabroad638
London, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Wow seeing the stars and Milky way without light pollution was brilliant. Also saw Saturn and its moons through a telescope which I'd never seen before. One of the volunteers pointed out constellations and named them which was really good- thank you. Unfortunately another younger volunteer marred the experience a little for me with some unhelpful comments. I'm a volunteer myself and endeavour to always make everyone I meet feel welcome.
Written August 29, 2015
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Thank you for your response about your visit to Sky's the Limit! We are so glad you enjoyed the clear views of the Milky Way and the spectacular planet Saturn! We are sorry to hear that a volunteer made your experience unpleasant. I know that this is a late response, but please if you wish, private message me the details about your experience and I will try to resolve the problem! We hope to see you again!
Written June 15, 2016
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CET123
Hoover, AL21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
The people were great and very willing to share their knowledge. The telescopes made everything so much better. Saw things I had only read about.
Written July 6, 2014
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mtrimmins
103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Friends
Spending the evening with the astronomers was over the top. Never knew the night sky held so much. There generosity with time and information was great. I think they would have stayed all night. Looking forward to their big event on September 21 with all the astronomers and telescopes showing off the night sky.
Written June 12, 2013
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