Star Gazing & Moonlight Tours

(an evening at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve)

Coming Up On January 25, 2015!

Several times each year, Austin Astronomical Society members and Wild Basin volunteers conduct special astronomy tours at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, weather permitting.  On an evening when the Moon is a crescent, there may be a "Star Gazing" tour. Evenings at or near the full Moon, there may be a "Moonlighting" tour.  Please note that these tours are subject to cancellation, if the sky is overcast.

Members of the Austin Astronomical Society volunteer telescopes for viewing at many of the Wild Basin Astronomy Tours.  Early visitors my want to visit the Solar Scope presentation on the observation deck just west of the main office.

The Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is located on the east side of Capitol of Texas Hwy (360) and about 1.2 miles north of the intersection of Bee Cave Road (FM2244); or about 3.2 miles south of the 360 (Pennybacker) Bridge.  If you are driving southbound on 360, there is a turn-around/cross-over at the entrance to Wild Basin.

The Wild Basin astronomy tours are usually full! Advance reservations are highly recommended. To make a reservation, phone Wild Basin at (512) 327-7622. Tour admission is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 for seniors and per student in grades K-12.  Preschool children admitted free and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 18.  Proceeds benefit Wild Basin.

It is suggested that you bring drinking water, a small flashlight, binoculars (if you have them), good walking shoes and perhaps something small to sit on while at the Overlook. Please do not leave your valuables in your vehicle.

Listen for radio announcements and local news media for the next Star Gazing and Moonlight tour at Wild Basin.

The Wild Basin Preserve is located at:

    805 N Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746

CAUTION: A GPS may direct you to the back entrance via Wild Basin Ledge and Toro Canyon Drive.  There is NO back entrance available to the public !!

Wild Basin Winter 2015 is scheduled for January 25, 2015.

Event time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM


Austin Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 12831, Austin, TX 78711


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