Coyote Telescope Rentals was by far one of our favorite activities in Joshua Tree National Park! Darryl and Leigh-Ann are super friendly and knowledgeable about the night sky, and their enthusiasm made the experience of trying out a manual telescope a wonderful one.
Our kids (ages 7, 5, and 3) felt excited and included in the rental process from start to finish. After picking out lanterns and star charts, they listened attentively to the different kinds of lenses we could use and about how to use the telescope itself.
When we returned to our campsite and set up the scope (actually much easier than we at first thought), we all felt thrilled to track onto some of the familiar sights in the sky, including the Moon, Mars, and Saturn. The suggestions we received about the best types of eyepieces and where to spot certain objects made all the difference. We felt like telescope pros by the end of the evening!
Stopping back and trying out a digital scope is definitely on our list of things to do before we leave Joshua Tree. Now that we have had a taste of astronomy, we are definitely hooked!
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