Clearlake Star Gazing, Developed and Hosted by WCWS

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Taylor Observatory TBA

Orion Nebula Image

Total Lunar Eclipse Sequence Image

Total Lunar Eclipse image showing umbra

Pillars of Creation by the James Webb

Image of Earth and Moon from the Lucy Spacecraft

October Planosphere

James Webb Image of two merged, chaotic, galaxies.

HST Image of NGC 1999

Citizen scientist enhances recent picture of Europa.

Final image before impact into Dimorphos

James Webb image of Neptune and it’s rings

James Webb image of Neptune and it’s rings closeup

Find the Coathanger Cluster

James Webb Space Telescope snaps mind-boggling image of Tarantula Nebula

Hubble Space Telescope image of two overlapping spiral galaxies

Clearlake Star Gazing is a fun and educational addition to the entertainment for your next evening event.  Located in Clearlake, California, your star guide Michael is available for hire at Winery Events and Private Parties, and volunteers at Schools, Fund Raisers and Community Events throughout Lake County.

This is an experience people will remember for the rest of their life, and will forever associate the memory with your business or brand. 

 per aspera ad astra

clearlake stargazing picture of Cyclops the telescope


Our flagship instrument is a 16" Newtonian on a split ring equatorial mount called Cyclops, but we also have the same size mirror in a more portable telescope, the 16" Lightbridge.  The view through these telescopes is not a little backyard telescope kind of view.  Views are breathtakingly large and bright.  Looking in the eyepiece you have to look around to see it all.  It is like having your face pressed up to a spaceship window.

There is a parallel with astronomy and music: to enter upon the visual experience of looking deep within the night sky one must employ an instrument. Like a fine musical instrument, the telescopic instrument is hand built and consists of a large, long tube and bits of finely crafted wood and metals. There is a balance bar, and the need for tuning of the mirrors. The reed of this instrument is glass, and the result it creates, the fruit of the mechanism and it's various precisely aligned components, is visual instead of aural. Just as a great musical instrument can create a moving experience, so can the view through a great telescope.

Clearlake Star Gazing Meade Lightbridge