If both the observatory staff and the facility are available and the weather cooperates, the club will accommodate private star gaze requests at its dark-sky observatory in Madison County – Grassland Mountain Observatory.
Come up to Grassland Mountain (4,130 feet elevation, and a 50-minute ride
from downtown Asheville), watch a beautiful sunset, the Earth’s shadow and
the Belt of Venus; and then observe some meteors, the planets, the stars, star clusters, nebulae, the Milky Way and other galaxies, along with a guided tour of the constellations and the night sky.
For these private star gazes, there is a $150 per hour group charge, with a 2-hour minimum. After the first two hours, the hourly rate is $100 per hour, with a maximum event time of 4 hours. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group size for these private events is very restricted.
All participants must sign a liability waiver form prior to the event. Proceeds from these private star gazes will support the Astronomy Club of Asheville – a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, educational organization.
In the event of inclement weather, high winds, or clouds, all fees will be refunded.
To make an inquiry for a private star gaze with an experienced astronomer, please call 828-231-6714, and leave a message with your contact information.