My family and I just got back from visiting Fort Davis for Spring Break. We took a fantastic daytime tour and were given two presentations from two different tour guides, both fantastic and interesting. Well worth your time and money.
We headed up this past Friday night for the Star Party, as did several hundred other people. We saw some clouds rolling in, but decided to take the chance, since the website said that on cloudy nights they "conduct indoor programs instead". I WRONGLY assumed that we would get atleast one interesting and worthwhile presentation for our money if nothing else.
The clouds stayed off long enough for us to get a great glimpse of Saturn, however then the clouds rolled in and we had to take the party inside. They had some strange video looping in the auditorium until our presentation started. The presentation consisted of a few clips of the different kinds of satellites, followed by a 5 minute how to navigate through a website to find out when a satellite will go by your house. REALLY, with all the resources they have, this is what we got for $40, a 10 minute talk on satellites.
It seems to me, that a presentation on constellations, planets, the moon, etc could have been given for atleast 30 minutes. They got their money, but I am sure that we were not the only ones that left feeling ripped off. They could of put some effort into the indoor programming.
Needless to say, if ever in the area do go for the daytime tour. I would even recommend the Star Party, but only if there is not a cloud in sight. Hopefully next time we will have better luck.
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