Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear dark nights are perfect for star gazing and there’s no better guide than poet-astronomer Tony Berendsen, owner to Tahoe Star Tours.
Fascinated with Astronomy since he was given a telescope at age eight, Tony uses a unique mix of art and science to help his guests understand the view into space. He recites poems written for the purpose of describing the cosmos, he calls “Poastromy.
Berendsen leads each tour. He is an award-winning amateur astronomer residing in Reno and a past president of the Astronomical Society of Nevada. Berendsen has been showing the skies above northern Nevada and California for the past 15 years. Each one of the tours includes a science-based talk about the cosmos, a poetry reading and stargazing using telescopes with leading computerized technology that enables sharp, accurate pointing and tracking, according to the release.
“Our winter snowshoe star tours offer an enchanting evening in the Northern Sierra that combine an easy to moderate snowshoe walk with the opportunity to learn about the cosmos and view nebulae and galactic star clusters through high-powered, professional Celestron telescopes,” said Tony Berendsen.
All tours are offered weather and conditions permitting. For more information and the complete schedule of events, visit www.tahoestartours.com.
How to Participate
SNOWSHOE STAR GAZING AT NORTHSTAR
Northstar California Resort will host four stargazing snowshoe tours in 2013-2014, with the first kicking off Dec. 26. Additional events will take place at the resort Dec. 30, Jan. 17 and Feb. 21. The tours are approximately 2-2.5 hours in length and include a guided snowshoe walk, laser tour of the night sky and telescopic viewing. Guests are also treated to wine or hot cider. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 530-562-3270. Tickets are available for $52 for guests ages 13 and over and $37 for kids ages 10-12. Snowshoe rentals are available and dogs on a leash are welcome. For more information visit www.northstarcalifornia.com.
TELESCOPIC TOURS OF THE NIGHT SKY WITH TAHOE ADVENTURE COMPANY
For 2014, Tahoe Star Tours has partnered with another Sierra Nevada Geotourism business - Tahoe Adventure Company - to offer stargazing snowshoe tours one Saturday a month from December through April. Tours will take place at the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista and will include snowshoe rental, poles, a guided snowshoe walk on easy to moderate terrain, permit fees, a laser tour of the night sky and telescopic viewing, plus hot drinks and snacks. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.tahoeadventurecompany.com. Tickets are available for $75 per person, with events scheduled on Dec. 28, Jan. 18, Feb. 22, March 22 and April 5.
Tony's star tours are perfect for families.