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Majesty of the Night Sky


This is the program that started it all. Vic Maris began teaching this short course on astronomy and the night sky while working for California State Parks. After retirement from Parks, he continued teaching it at various places around California just for the fun of it. Students taking one of his classes recommended he engage in his other passion, telescope making, full time. The rest is history.


This program begins indoors at Stellarvue Headquarters in the afternoon. The inside session is designed to instill excitement and appreciation for the wonders of the universe. Vic will begin at the beginning of space and time and move forward from the big bang to the universe as we know it today. A brief overview of history leads up to Galileo, the first man to use a telescope to view the stars. It is said that Galileo himself may even make an appearance.

    “I couldn’t believe that Galileo actually traveled 400 years into the
    future just to give Vic a hand. What a guy!”

Right: A painting of Galileo 


We start in the late afternoon at Stellarvue and Vic presents his indoor session. This portion lasts two hours. If the sky is clear, we then drive 45 minutes to Vic’s High Sierra observing site at 5,280 feet elevation. This is where the wonders of the universe unfold. On the way to the site, we all stop at a lodge nestled in the woods for a wonderful home cooked meal with rustic charm. This is a great opportunity to get to know others with your same interest and get in the mood to commune with nature at our High Sierra Observing Site. 

After dinner, we drive the rest of the way to the observing site. The star gazing session starts at dusk. Everyone learns how to use a Planisphere  so when it does get dark, they can pick out the major constellations. As it gets dark, Vic points out constellations and what is up in the night sky. Then, we move on to the telescopes.

    “Vic made it easy to find the constellations. I feel I really learned something I will take with me. “





We start with what is up close - the planets. Then we move outward to the stars, double stars, open star clusters, nebulae, globular star clusters and finally the galaxies. It will be a night to remember.


The next presentation of the Majesty of the Night Sky will take place on August 11, 2012 at 3 PM at the Stellarvue Show Room:

11820 Kemper Road
Auburn, CA 95603


  1. Solar Viewing 3 PM - 3:30 PM
  2. Majesty of the Night Sky presentation 3:30 - 5:15
  3. Drive to lodge for dinner: 5:15PM - 6 PM
  4. Dinner: 6 PM - 7 PM
  5. Drive to site: 7 PM - 7:30 PM
  6. Set up at site: 7:30PM - 8:30PM
  7. Observing Session: 9 PM - 11:30 PM
  8. Conclusion around midnight

NOTE: You must call us to attend. We are not charging a fee for this session but we need to limit attendance as the show room has limited space.

Space is limited, sign-up is essential. Participants must register in advance and fill out a standard waiver form in order to attend. If you are interested in attending, call Stellarvue at:
(530) 823 7796

What to Bring

  • Layered Clothing (We will be out at night until midnight at a 5280ft elevation.)
  • Lawn Chair (A reclining lawn chair works the best.)
  • Red Flash Light (If you don’t have a red flash light, bring a normal flash light and we will supply a red filter. White light ruins night vision, so it is essential that all participants use red light, only, on the observing field.)
  • Snacks and Water (Many people like to bring a Thermos with coffee or tea.)
  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Insect Repellant (Just in case.)
  • Binoculars and Your Stellarvue Telescope
  • Planisphere (If you have one.)

Stellarvue® designs and handcrafts the finest refractor telescopes and provides programs and experiences to foster a greater appreciation of our natural world and to encourage individual exploration of the universe.

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