A Different Star Trek

Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts November 1999 Current Issue
November 1999
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A Different Star TrekKiawah linksViewmaster: Dennis Young and his deep-space telescopes

For jaded groups that have seen and done everything, maybe it’s time to look at other worlds. In beautiful, remote areas away from the glare of modern cities, the night sky turns into a twinkling blanket of celestial sights.

At areas around Sedona, Ariz., including Enchantment Resort, groups are captivated by Dennis Young’s galactic knowledge. His self-built, portable telescopes play a big part. Young offers groups a crash course in astronomy and gives them a peek at some of the more intriguing heavenly bodies. “We look at galaxies, collapsing stars, supernovas,” he says. “The scope is powerful enough to see color. The moon and Saturn generally get the most oohs and aahs.” (877) 252-7371; www.sedonastarlight.com

At the Hyatt Regency Maui (808-661-1234) in Kaanapali, Hawaii, groups of up to 15 can venture to the rooftop for nightly stargazing. “It’s really popular,” says Hyatt concierge Penny Mailou. “The skies here are incredibly clear most of the time.” Weekdays, the hotel holds three nightly viewings; those traveling with partners might want to take advantage of the twice-weekly late-night sessions for couples, which include champagne and strawberries. Reserve ahead to take a group to the roof en masse.


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