Bring Your Own Telescope 2023

  • January 14 - October 6, 2023
  • Robert Ferguson Observatory

    2605 Adobe Canyon Road
    Kenwood, California 95442
Ticket Price $52.00-$80.00 This event is now over

Do you have a telescope at home that you just don’t use because you’re not sure how it works? Or, are you looking to purchase or upgrade a telescope but don’t know where to start? Then this class is for you! We will start with educating you on how telescopes work, the pros and cons of different telescopes, items to consider when purchasing, or upgrading a scope, and the basics of telescope operations. You’ll also receive one-on-one time with some of our knowledgeable docents who will assist you in operating your scope and can also show you what they can see through their own personal telescopes. Bringing a telescope is not required, but if you plan to do so, please email Stephanie at to inform her what type of scope you are bringing prior to the event so we can be best prepared to help you.  


Attendance is limited and you MUST have a ticket to attend this event; tickets will not be sold at the door. Please note that tickets are non-refundable and cannot be used for future events unless cancelled by RFO. Unless you are notified otherwise by email, the event is not cancelled. 


VIP tickets allow participants to park at the top parking lot next to the observatory, where they can unload their telescope next to their car. Regular Admission tickets will park in the white barn parking area and will need to carry their scope up to the top parking lot (about an 1/8 of a mile). Cost is $80 per telescope for VIP tickets and $65 per telescope for Regular Admission tickets. Costs include Sugarloaf Ridge State Park parking fee, and allows all members of a family coming with their scope. 


RFO is operated by the Valley of the Moon Observatory Association, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization, and all of the proceeds will go towards maintaining this beloved Sonoma county institution.

Date & Time

Jan 14 - Oct 6, 2023

Venue Details

Robert Ferguson Observatory

2605 Adobe Canyon Road
Kenwood, California 95442 Robert Ferguson Observatory
Robert Ferguson Observatory

The Valley of the Moon Observatory Association (VMOA) is volunteer amateur and professional astronomers plus a small supporting staff organized as a nonprofit association to provide educational programs about science and astronomy for students, the public, and in support of educators.

The VMOA is responsible for the construction, maintenance and utilization of the Robert Ferguson Observatory and functions as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the auspices of the California State Parks System, and in cooperation with our local state parks.

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