Along with TAAA members, observers from astronomy groups in Arizona, California, and Nevada joined together to orchestrate the star party. Each night, the collective set up instruments ranging from big Dobsonians to medium-size refractors in the parking lot at Yavapai Point a popular destination to watch the Sun set at the canyon. This position is strategic, because the group is able to entice hundreds of visitors nightly to peer at the sky.
During the day, some volunteers set up solar telescopes and show park visitors the Sun. Others tour the park, inviting people to meet later at Yavapai to see the views. The star party also includes visits to nearby Lowell Observatory and Meteor Crater.
Paul Marshall and his family came to the canyon from San Antonio. In his 40s, Marshall had never gazed through an eyepiece, but he appreciated of the opportunity.
"I'm a little embarrassed to say that I have never seen Jupiter or Saturn," said Marshall. "It is long overdue I can't believe what I've missed.
For more information on the star party, visit the TAAA site