During stargazing, eyes looking through telescopes can catch glimpses of planets, galaxies, and GPS-lacking RVs. Gain gazes of wonder with today’s Groupon to Mark’s Tree Farm in Hebron. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get two admissions for children 12 or younger to the Explore the Stars astronomy tour (a $50 value).
- For $40, you get two adult admissions to the Explore the Stars astronomy tour (a $150 value).<p>
Tours are offered: * Every Saturday until May 1. * Every Friday and Saturday between May 1 and July 1. * Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between July 1 and October 31.<p>
The eponymous star aficionado of Mark’s Tree Farm invites groups of 20 twinkle-craving sky-gazers to the farm’s enclosed viewing area, where they take advantage of their eyes during a guided astronomy tour, which lasts 60–90 minutes. High-powered laser points draw temporary maps throughout the Explore the Stars tour, which steers eyeballs in the direction of skyward visuals such as galaxies, planets, and constellations, including Orion and the three astronomically huge balls of tinfoil that make up Orion’s Belt. Take a break from lounging on comfortable chairs and blankets to peer through a large telescope for a gaze at celestial bodies such as Jupiter, Earth’s moon, or various nebulae—vivid, polychromatic gatherings of dust and gas illuminated by nearby starlight. Though weather and sky conditions dictate what might be available for viewing, a minimum of four objects will be available for viewing, analyzing, admiring, and petting.
Mark's Tree Farm
Although its name does hint at the long, sharp-scented ranks of Christmas trees, Mark's Tree Farm acts as a gateway to many more of nature's marvels. In tribute to the powers of Mother Earth, Mark grows the trees without the use of any chemicals. The expert stargazer also invites groups to follow his laser pointer and the aim of his telescope during astronomy tours on the farm's enclosed viewing space.
Among the whispering leaves, the sharp tang of evergreen boughs mixes with the aromas of hickory and apple wood in the cooling air. Mark lubricates all of his cutting tools, which slice chips and chunks for smoking meats with canola oil, rather than petroleum-based lubricants that can carry carcinogens. He also packages firewood in custom lengths to fit in different stoves and underwhelming time capsules.
347 Gilead St.
Hebron, Connecticut 06248