Reach for the Stars: Everything You Need to Throw a Stellar Stargazing Party
After you’ve found the perfect telescope, don’t forget the lanterns, journals, and, of course, snacks.
There’s never been a better time to stargaze in the West, as more cities and states make major moves to protect their dark skies. Grab your camera and throw the ultimate astral affair with these tips.
Just don’t wait too much longer to start planning: Autumn is the best time to view the Milky Way here!
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1. RAISE A GLASS
2. LIGHT THE WAY
If you’d rather not keep track of a lantern, BioLite’s HeadLamp 330 might be more your style. It has a rechargeable battery to help you easily find your way in the dark. $60
3. SHINE ON
Having a BioLite AlpenGlow lantern handy can make setup and cleanup a breeze. It comes in 250 or 500 lumens, and boasts several different light modes. $60 or $80
4. MORE THAN A MEMORY
You may want to document your observations in a notebook or analog journal like this one from Moon Lists, a workbook with prompts and lists to archive your reflections. $28
5. SWEET TREAT
Head out before sunset to roast some marshmallows over this Ultimate S’mores Kit from Swoon Living by Patrick Fitzpatrick. It comes with a fuel pod and skewers so you can enjoy the dessert just about anywhere, then watch the stars take over the sky. $165
6. CLASSIC STEEL
Portland-based Leatherman’s Bond has 14 tools and the same vintage vibes as the pioneering multi-tool that started it all. If you’re going to pack one piece of gear to mount your tripod and spotting scope, slice apples, and pop a beer, this is the one. $59.95
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7. BIRD’S EYE VIEW
Want to look out for wildlife while you wait for the stars? Be sure to pack Nocs Provisions’ Zoom Tube 8×32 Monocular Telescope. It’s as adorable as it is helpful to survey your surroundings. $75
8. BUG OFF
Don’t let mosquitoes crash your astral party. Thermacell’s compact rechargeable mosquito repeller quietly and odorlessly creates a 20-foot diameter defense zone so you can stargaze bite-free. $39.99
9. COZY COMFORT
Don’t get caught in the cold without a blanket. Thunder Voice Hat Co.’s Coast Recycled Camp Blanket is reversible and made from 100% natural materials. $97