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Celestron 8 and 11 telescopes

The Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club has been doing engaging private stargazing tours and educational public outreach astronomy in the Joshua Tree area for over 10 years. Along the way we have met many wonderful people from around the world and embarked on numerous great night sky adventures.

Twentynine Palms Astronomy specializes in thrilling private stargazing experiences in the Joshua Tree area. With big telescopes and a great deal of passion for astronomy, we enjoy sharing our knowledge and love of the night sky with others. Private stargazing tours can be booked by sending us an email or sending a text to 760 401 3004.

The crisp, clear skies of the high altitude Morongo Basin are free of excessive light pollution and ideal for visual observational astronomy and astrophotography. The night sky in the desert is something you will not soon forget. Joshua Tree National Park was recently awarded a silver tier recognition by the International Dark-Sky Association in their efforts to preserve the dark skies across the country. We hope that you will enjoy the beautiful desert skies and all it has to offer.

Our Astronomers

setting up the Celestron 14 at sunset

Starman Steve has been doing astronomy from a very young age. Originally from the San Francisco area and later on, Los Angeles he moved to the high desert in 2012 to enjoy the dark night skies. He has been doing private stargazing tours and public outreach astronomy in Joshua Tree for past 10 years. Steve is very knowledgeable about telescopes and can diagnose and repair almost any piece of equipment or show you how to use it. He also does astrophotography with his Canon 60DA. He posts his astrophotos on his Instagram account, @deepskysteve. During the day, Steve is a freelance musician. He plays trombone, recorder, horn and arranges music for several local music ensembles including the Joshua Tree Early Music Society, Desert Sol and the Mojave Brass.

Favorite Constellation: Cetus
Favorite Star: Aldebaran
Favorite Planet: Saturn
Favorite Deep Sky Object: Sculptor Galaxy
Favorite Double Star: Almach

Starman Steve and the Milky Way from Joshua Tree


Zarrin has learned astronomy from Starman Steve since 2019, since moving to Joshua Tree. Originally
from Pittsburgh, PA, he has also lived in Vermont, upstate New York, northwest Iowa, Winter Park
Colorado, Whitefish Montana, and Teton Valley Idaho. During the day he guides hiking, sightseeing,
and rock climbing tours in the National Park, and connects geology to astronomy during his daytime
observations. After all, geology is the study of planet formation, and thus is related to questions about
the solar system, the stars, and beyond.

The science of astronomy is of great interest to Zarrin, as are the “Big Questions” of cosmology and
spirituality. Having followed a (non-denominational, non-religious) spiritual path for all of his adult
life, he feels that astronomy has become a natural extension of this work. There is something distinctly
consciousness-expanding in contemplating and observing the night sky.

Cosmic Zarrin and his Telescopes


Favorite Constellation: Delphinus
Favorite Star: it was Betelgeuse, but may now be Sirius
Favorite Planet: Jupiter
Favorite Deep Sky Object: Cigar Galaxy
Favorite Double Star: Polaris

Cosmic Zarrin and the Milky Way from Joshua Tree