David H. Levy Arizona Dark Sky Star Party II

$ 149.00

David H. Levy Arizona Dark Sky Star Party II - Oracle State Park & Biosphere 2

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We are excited to announce the second Arizona Dark Sky Star Party getting underway September 21-25, 2022. We are bringing an amazing group of speakers to the first IDA designated Dark Sky Park at Oracle State Park and to the University of Arizona's historic Biosphere 2.

Tickets secure your observing site (which allows camping) to set up your equipment and give you access to the lectures at Biosphere 2.

Preliminary Schedule (Updated 5/8/2022)

ADSSP II + Biosphere 2 will get underway September 21 and run through September 25th, 2022, featuring special lectures from the legendary Comet Discoverer David H. Levy, who will be joined with renowned speakers. 

Thousands of dollars worth of door prizes are being supplied by Explore Scientific.

Every paid participant will receive gifts from the Explore Alliance, which includes a membership, an Explore Scientific Red LED Flashlight, a Wil Tirion Double-Sided Plansiphere, and a $25 Explore Scientific Gift Card. 

This is a very limited engagement to 150 people, so there will be plenty of opportunity to meet with our featured experts. 

 Telescope Field/Group Camp Site

You will have full access to the group site where we will be setting up our telescopes. There is 24-hour access to bathrooms on the observing field.

Telescope Power

Oracle State Park has limited electrical power at the astrophotography group site for your telescope gear and computers on a first-come, first served basis. Generators can be used at your camp site, but consider that you will be working off-grid. If you need power, bring your rechargeable power equipment. Explore Scientific offers the USB Power Bank with Red LED Flashlight.

Biosphere 2 Tours

Your ticket will include a tour of the Biosphere 2 Perhaps for some of us it will be the first time to visit this amazing and historic science facility. 

Originally initiated by Space Biospheres Ventures who purchased the property in 1984, began construction of the current facility in 1986 to research and develop self-sustaining space-colonization technology. 

Historical photo of Biosphere 2

Two missions, between 1991 and 1994, sealed Biospherians inside the glass enclosure to measure survivability. Behind this highly public exercise was useful research that helped further ecological understanding. Several first-person accounts have been published by former crew members that provide different perspectives on the experiment. Now you too will be able to inspect first-hand the sealed environment of Biosphere 2. 

What is Not Included?

Note that the registration fees do not include hotel accommodations or meals. Here are options for area hotels and RV camping:


Getting There

Oracle State Park is a about an hour and twenty minute drive from Tuscon International Airport.



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