Age Group : Open for all
Dates (2019) : 09 Feb to 10 Feb, 09 Mar to 10 Mar, 06 Apr to 07 Apr
Charges : Adult - Rs. 1750/- Per Person (Including GST)
Child - Rs. 1250/- Per Child (Including GST)

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 and Delicious Veg BBQ Food at Saphale, Tandulwadi Village. Come & Explore: Wonders of Universe with us !!!

Amateur & Novice Users can also join and take 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 off course our Milky Way Galaxy etc.. no prior knowledge of astronomy is necessary for them. Night Sky Orientation will be provided during the Event.


Know Your Program

  • Information
  • Itinerary
  • Important
  • To Bring!
  • About Destination
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Discount & Offers

Information

  • Area: Saphale
  • Duration: Day 1 - 6 pm to Day 2 - 8 am
  • Pick Up & Drop: Available at extra cost - Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Faountain 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 pick up from Saphale Station on extra cost of Rs. 150/- per head.

Itinerary

  • 02:30 pm : Start from Dadar (If you have opted for traveling). On the way pick up from Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Faountain Hotel (Ghodbunder).
  • 05:30 pm : Reach Campsite, Keep your luggage in tent.
  • 06:00 pm : Event Registration, Selfie Photos, Group Photo Session & Snacks.
  • 07:00 pm : Session 1 – Introduction, Observe West Sky Objects (Before Setting), Satellite Tracking.
  • 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

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/ discussion 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.
  • Our Equipments:
  1. 10 Inch Dobsonian Reflectors (2 Qty) – Antares GSO & SKY Watcher.
  2. Binoculars 10 x 50 (2 Qty).
  3. Celestron Automated Mount (100mm Refractor).
  4. Celestron Automated Mount for Astrophotography.
  5. EQ1 Manual - 75mm & 80mm Scope.

To Bring!

What to Bring!

  1. Carry enough warm clothing (particularly to keep your ears, body and feet warm) like scarf, sweaters, hood jackets, skull caps, shawls / sheets, Closed Shoes (mandatory). (Temp in Night will dip considerably 16-18 degree C).
  2. 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 own extra blanket and personal pillow.
  3. 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).
  4. Carry a Small Torch (covered with Red Cellophane paper) with Extra pair of Batteries.
  5. It is advisable to carry your personal medication (if any) and mosquito repellent cream.
  6. All baggage to be wrapped in plastic bags to avoid getting wet (Dew).
  7. For Astrophotography participant should bring in their own DSLR Camera, Tripod, Remote, Charger and Extra Battery.
  8. It goes without saying that 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.
  9. Participant are required to carry ID proof (e.g. PAN card, Driving License) for On Site Camp Registration.

About Destination

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: 7.57am, 10.31am.
  • Virar to Dahanu Local train: 4.25am, 5am, 12.15pm, 3.05pm.

Saphale to Churchgate

  • Dahanu to Churchgate train: 7.15am, 12.42pm, 5.35pm, 6.55pm.
  • Dahanu to Dadar train: 2.15pm, 3.25pm, 7.45pm
  • Dahanu to Borivli train: 5.50am, 8.30am.
  • Dahanu to Virar Local train: 10.05am, 1.25pm, 8.45pm.

P.S. We can provide pick up from Saphale Station at extra cost of Rs. 150/- Per Head

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Condition

  • In case of the Cloudy Sky, 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 organizer’s permission.
  • Use Site, Equipment’s and Tents with precaution’s – Any Damages to Tents will recovered from Tent allocated participants/students (500/- Per Person).
  • 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.
  • Use of mobile phone and camera 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 own observation instrument like telescopes, binoculars, tripods stands Imaging equipment (DSLR Camera and accessories) etc., then you yourself 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.

Discount & Offers

Discount & Offers

  • 10% discount for group of 10 or more.
  • 10% discount to Kshitij's Alumni Kids between the age of 6 to 14 Years.
This is a sample itinerary. Kshitij reserves the right to cancel or alter any aspect of our program as a result of unforeseen circumstances, including weather, environment or health hazards. To the best of our ability, substitution of activities will be comparable to, or better than the original activity.
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