Stargazing At Tonto National Monument

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Tonto National Monument, in cooperation with the Tonto Basin Ranger District, is sponsoring a professionally presented astronomy program. Tony and Carole La Conte are professional stargazers with over 50 years of experience viewing the night sky.

Tony is also a NASA Solar System Ambassador. They present over 300 programs annually to more than 75,000 people.

Tonto Basin is a sanctuary of natural darkness and a phenomenal place for stargazing. Come and enjoy the wonderful world of stargazing. You will be able to view these wonders of the universe through their telescopes and binoculars.

Learn how to find and identify bright stars and constellations, the legends behind them and other interesting sky facts and fiction. View and learn about the moon, the planets, and deep space objects like star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. There will also be the opportunity to take photos of the moon using your own digital camera and their telescopes!

This free program is open to everyone. Join Tony and Carole La Conte for this entertaining and fascinating program on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Windy Hill amphitheater at Roosevelt Lake.

From Payson, take Highway 87 south to the SR 188 exit, turn left and continue on SR 188 until the Windy Hill turnoff, which is 4.5 miles past Roosevelt Dam. Follow the Windy Hill road for 2 miles to the amphitheater on your left.

For further information or if you have any questions, please call Tonto National Monument at (928) 467-2241.

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