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Star Gazing Night - Saphale
Let's begin winter season with exploring the Wonders of Universe with experts of Brahmand Darshan, equipped with Large 10 inch Dobsonian Telescopes, Stay in Tents at Saphale, Tandulwadi Village. Come & Explore Wonders of Universe with us !!!
Amateur & Novice Users can also join and take the opportunity to know the Night Sky and observe some of the deep sky objects like Planets, Nebulae's, Galaxies, Globular Cluster, Open Clusters, Double Stars and of course our Milky Way Galaxy, etc.. no prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary for them. Night Sky Orientation will be provided during the Event.
Age Group: Open for all
Dates: 18 TO 19 JAN, 25 TO 26 JAN, 1 TO 2 FEB, 15 TO 16 FEB, 22 TO 23 FEB, 29 FEB TO 1 MAR, 21 TO 22 MAR, 28 TO 29 MAR, 18 TO 19 APR, 25 TO 26 APR
Adult - Rs. 1,850/- Per Person (Including GST) Child - Rs. 1,350/- Per Child (Including GST)
Duration: Day 1 - 6 pm to Day 2 - 8 am
Pick Up & Drop: Available at extra cost - Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Fountain Hotel (Ghodbunder).
Cost Include: Night Sky Gazing Event and On-Site Charge, Evening Snacks, Delicious Veg Dinner, Morning Breakfast, Tea & Drinking Water available, Stay in Tent with soft bedding and pullover, Soft Music & Guitarist (Optional), Free WiFi (Subject to GSM Network)
Cost Doesn't Include Travel, Insurance, Anything which is not mentioned above and personal expenses.
Extra Charges: Travel by Kshitij - Non AC Bus from Dadar - Rs. 1000/- In case of train travel we can arrange to pick up from Saphale Station at the extra cost of Rs. 100/- per head.
02:30 pm: Start from Dadar (If you have opted for travelling). On the way pick up from Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Fountain Hotel (Ghodbunder).
05:30 pm: Reach Campsite, Keep your luggage intent.
07:30 pm: Night Sky Orientation - Finding the North Star - Cassiopeia & Ursa Major.
08:00 pm: Session 2 Astronomy Awareness Video Program.
09:30 pm: Dinner Time (Veg Dinner).
10:30 pm: Session 3 Night Sky Observation - Constellations, Star Clusters, Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula, and Double Stars.
11:30 pm: General Observation and Basic Astrophotography (Star Trails & Constellations).
01:00 am Power Nap Charge Yourself and Camera/Tablet/Mobile Batteries.
03:30 am Tea Break.
04:00 am Session 4 Early Morning Sky.
05:30 am Session 5 ISS, Satellite, & Iridium Flares.
06:30 am Sunrise.
07:00 am Breakfast / Tea and Group Photo.
08:00 am Event Closure.
Important Notes -
Participants can depart from the camp-site, or hang around with us from informal discussion/talk/contact sharing.
Participants are free to observe all night or retire for a short sleep and join us again for observations.
We greatly encourage informal interactions/discussions with us at any time during the night. We will answer (or try to be as close to your satisfaction as possible) all your questions. WE WILL BE AWAKE ALL NIGHT TO FACILITATE THOSE WHO WISH TO STAY AWAKE AND OBSERVE THE NIGHT SKY WITH US.
Carry enough warm clothing (particularly to keep your ears, body, and feet warm) like a scarf, sweaters, hood jackets, skull caps, shawls/sheets, Closed Shoes (mandatory). (Temp in Night will dip considerably 16-18 degree C).
We will be providing a tent with soft bedding and pullover, those who are not used to cold climate It is advisable to carry your extra blanket and personal pillow.
We recommend that participants stock themselves with Light snacks (Biscuits, Chips & Chocolate and Personal Water bottle ½ Liter (Mandatory) - (Need to drink water regularly to avoid dehydration).
Carry a Small Torch (covered with Red Cellophane paper) with Extra pair of Batteries.
It is advisable to carry your medication (if any) and mosquito repellent cream.
All baggage to be wrapped in plastic bags to avoid getting wet (Dew).
For Astrophotography, the participant should bring in their DSLR Camera, Tripod, Remote, Charger and Extra Battery.
Littering at the camp-site is not permissible and we will be making arrangements for garbage bin that can be put to their optimum use.
The participant is required to carry ID proof (e.g. PAN card, Driving License) for On-Site Camp Registration.
How to Travel -
Name of Location: Sai Baba temple.
Nearest Village: Tandulwadi village.
Region & District: Saphale.
Distance from Saphale station: 7 KM approx.
Distance from NH4 (Varai Naka): 12 KM approx.
Distance from Ghodbunder: 45 Km approx.
Travel by Road -
Take Mumbai Ahmedabad Highway - Fountain Hotel Bhayander Bridge - Vasai Virar Khandiwade Toll (Drive Approx 12KM) - VEGAS Township Take Left at Varai Naka - NAVAZE - PARGAON - HP Petrol Pump - Vaitarna River Bridge - SAIRAJ HOTEL (Take Left) - Drive 1 KM - Sai Baba Mandir on Left Side (Tandulwadi Village) - Brahmand Darshan Site.
Travel By Train -
Local Train Time-Table (Churchgate to Dahanu, via Saphale): Stations after Virar: Vaitarna, Saphale, Kelve Road, Palghar, Umroli, Boisar, Vangaon, Dahanu Road.
Churchgate to Saphale -
Churchgate to Dahanu train: 5.24am, 10.06am, 3.22pm.
Dadar to Dahanu train: 5.15am, 4.55pm, 6:00pm.
Borivli to Dahanu train: 7.57 am, 10.31 am.
Virar to Dahanu Local train: 4.25am, 5am, 12.15pm, 3.05pm.
Saphale to Churchgate -
Dahanu to Churchgate train: 7.15 am, 12.42pm, 5.35pm, 6.55pm.
Dahanu to Dadar train: 2.15 pm, 3.25pm, 7.45pm
Dahanu to Borivli train: 5.50 am, 8.30am.
Dahanu to Virar Local train: 10.05am, 1.25pm, 8.45pm.
P.S. We can provide pick up from Saphale Station at an extra cost of Rs. 100/- Per Head
Terms & Condition -
In case of the Cloudy Sky, the Event will not be cancelled, Singing Songs with Guitarist and Campfire will be Continued with Delicious BBQ veg food.
Prior Registration is compulsory for all the participants.
Although the camp-site is secure with partial fencing, NO ONE should wander off the camp-site without intimating the organizers or without the organizer's permission.
Use Site, Equipment, and Tents with precautions Any Damages to Tents will be recovered from Tent allocated participants/students (500/- Per Person).
The use of white small torch should be minimal, it should be covered with Red Cellophane paper for reading Night Sky Maps.
Please do respect the belongings of others at the campsite and avoid damaging any articles, tents, etc. Any Damage to Tent will be recovered from the participant.
The use of mobile phones and cameras with flash is to be minimal as possible or AS INSTRUCTED BY THE INSTRUCTORS / ORGANIZERS during the Observation Sessions.
Do not Flash Bright Torch or Camera Flash on others during Observation Sessions. HUMAN EYE requires 30 Minutes to completely adapt to the Dark Night Sky.
If you are carrying your observation instrument like telescopes, binoculars, tripods stand Imaging equipment (DSLR Camera and accessories), etc., then you are responsible for all your equipment.
Smoking and Drinking Alcohol is strictly prohibited at the Site. Drunken participants will be asked to leave the Site immediately. We strongly discourage you to consume alcohol in any form. The Organizers reserve the right to expel offending participants from the camp-site.