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Use the force: Summer Tahoe Star Tours kick off this weekend

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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Those who visit North Lake Tahoe are invited to experience the night sky with Tahoe Star Tours this summer to view planets that will be in sight throughout the season using high-powered Celestron telescopes.

This year, Tahoe Star Tours will incorporate use of Celestron's newest technology, optimized for photography, and will include an astro imaging demonstration allowing stargazers to take pictures of what they're viewing in space and share them through their own social media networks.

"The stargazing opportunities that will exist this summer are rare. The planets Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus will be visible all summer long, and in late August Mercury will also be visible," said Tony Berendsen, owner of Tahoe Star Tours. "Tahoe Star Tours participants will not only have the opportunity to view the planets, will be able to take their own photos of what they're viewing thanks to the new astro imaging technology offered by Celestron's latest line of high-powered telescopes."

In addition, the new telescope technology used by Tahoe Star Tours will include Celestron's NexStar Evolution, featuring the ability to send out its own WiFi signal so that with download of the corresponding free app, Sky Portal, stargazers will be able to control the telescope remotely on-site, while also having access to more information about what they're looking at in the night sky.

Tahoe Star Tours will be offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from June 16 through Sept. 3, from 8:15-10:30 p.m.

Events on Thursday and Saturday evening will be hosted at the Dark Skies Cosmoarium at Northstar California Resort. On Friday evenings, events will take place on the open meadow in The Backyard at the nearby The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.

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Located near the entrance to Northstar on the lower level of the Castle Peak parking area, the Dark Skies Cosmoarium features wide, unobstructed horizons for viewing.

Tahoe Star Tours participants will have access to comfortable seating, fire pits, outdoor heaters, as well as convenient, free on-site parking just a short walk from the viewing area, complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and s'mores.

At The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, stargazers will enjoy the personalized service offered by the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton throughout the summer season.

The resort will offer a for purchase barbecue cookout, live music and complimentary access to a variety of oversized outdoor lawn games prior to the start of the Friday evening Tahoe Star Tours events as part of the weekly Backyard Barbeque Family Cookouts.

Afterward, Tahoe Star Tours participants will enjoy access to the private viewing area, comfortable seating, blankets and cocktail service throughout the event.

Every tour features an informative Star Tour Astronomy presentation by Berendsen, laser tour of the starry sky, and telescopic observation with state-of-the-art Celestron telescopes with Ryan Berendsen.

Tahoe Star Tours events are $35 for adults, and $20 for children ages 12 and under. Tours begin at 8:15 p.m. and conclude at 10:30 p.m. Event details and ticket information for all tours can be found online at NorthstarCalifornia.com.

Advance reservations for all Tahoe Star Tours events are recommended, and all tours are offered weather and conditions permitting.

This article was provided on behalf of Tahoe Star Tours. Visit TahoeStarTours.com for a full schedule and to learn more.