We Also Offer: Private Astro Star Parties ⭐️ For You and All Your Friends and Family!
Private Astro Star Parties are also available Monday thru Friday for private parties, corporate events, school or church functions.
Private Parties can be at your location of choice or our location and can accommodate up to 20 guests in your party.
You’re booking this entire experience for a private group. Spots will only be available to you and your guests.
Please Contact Us for more details, timing, location info and booking dates and any questions.
Our tour will include a summary of the constellations, a close up view of planets, galaxies, star clusters and nebula through our professional, high powerful telescopes.
We are a team of exceptionally knowledgeable astronomers/guides whose extensive experience includes deep space observations from a lengthy career in the US Air Force and astrophotography - providing you with a fun, educational and fascinating night sky experience for you and all your friends and family.
Upon arriving at our dark sky location we will begin with a short briefing introducing guests to the astro-guides followed by a short description of the celestial objects that are observable this specific night.
We use professional, state-of-the-art telescopes and high powered laser pointers to guide you under the canopy of the brilliant, starry sky.
Come enjoy a spectacular night under the ⭐️ stars ! We would love to host you, your family & friends for a personalized astronomy star tour.
Sky's The Limit!
Tom Focareto is the CEO and co-founder of Tanist Technologies, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned small business that delivers high-end engineering services to the Department of Defense space mission. He currently supports the National Space Defense Center as a Systems Engineer focusing on Operations Integration. He is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel where he spent most of his career in space operations and staff assignments at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and Air Force Space Command. During his career, he led operations at an NRO ground station, operated Space Control weapon systems and operated Nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic TechnologyEngineering and a Masters of Aeronautical Science, Operations Specialization.
Tom is an amateur astronomer and is thankful for his business partner and friend Doug Hine, who opened his eyes to the wonders of the Universe.
"Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives." Socrates
Doug Hine is the co-founder of Tanist Technologies. He is a principal aerospace engineer supporting the Missile Defense Agency Space Systems Program Office. Off-duty, Doug is an Associate Professor with Webster University where he instructs graduate students in space systems. Doug led a team investigating new scientific techniques to predict the formation and timing of solar flares and designed payloads for high altitude balloons.
He is a retired USAF Colonel where he commanded space, mission support and research, development units, operated navigation and communications satellites, designed space experiments and small launch vehicles.
He also conducted rocket propulsion research and development projects.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Master of
Science degree in Systems Management and a Masters of Engineering in Space Operations. He has also done post-graduate work in astronomy.
As an amateur astronomer, Doug enjoys both visual and imaging observations of the planets and deep space objects like galaxies and nebula. He is also honing his telescope skills to track satellites and predict their orbits from these observations.