Mayland Earth to Sky Park, Burnsville

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • Admittedly it is a remote location,not every GPS wanted to locate. However, we did find it & was worth the trek! Great site on an old land fill, using methane to fuel art studios at one time...not... 
    Admittedly it is a remote location,not every GPS wanted to locate. However, we did find it & was worth the trek! Great site on an old land fill, using methane to fuel art studios at one time...not...  more »
  • I purchased native North Carolina perennial plants from helpful, knowledgeable greenhouse worker. They were very hardy and easily survived the Winter. 
    I purchased native North Carolina perennial plants from helpful, knowledgeable greenhouse worker. They were very hardy and easily survived the Winter.  more »
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  • First, thank you to Steven (very personable, knowledgeable, welcoming even learning all 25 guests names! ), John, Jeremy and Bob. The group is passionate, informative, skilled, welcoming and generous enough to share their own equipment and scopes at the observatory. I agree, go when the night sky doesn't have as full of a moon. Thanks to the speed of the digital GPS programmed scopes my family and I were able to view things I was struggling to find with my home scope -nebula, star clusters, planets and galaxies even. The 2 hours is plenty of time for everyone to see what they want to see. The space is large enough for people to spread out and the roll back roof gives you plenty to see while waiting your turn. They even loan their own private binoculars and red lights out during the sky tour. I especially am grateful for the way John, Jeremy and Bob interacted with my son who is 12. They answered all his questions patiently and they actually got him EXCITED about sharing in one of my favorite activities. I only wish I lived closer so I could hang out here every night! Thanks and see you in June -"The Sun Goddess" ☆tip: if you've been here before be advised the gate is now locked at night but you are welcome to trespass walking around the gate. About 50 feet in on the right is a white pole which marks a foot path through the briars another 50 feet or so and opens to a great grassy field where you can set up your own telescope or hike all the way back up to the observatory if you prefer.
  • I decided to take my daughter with me at night to this observatory and the staff was phenomenal along with the view of the night sky. I am surprised there isn't more information available about this site since it is a great place to view constellations and the moon at night! We were lucky enough to be able to snap a few pictures of the moon through the telescope, but the moon interfered with observing other planets and stars since it was so bright. My advice is go when the moon is full, and go again afterwards when the moon is not out to get the best of both.

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