Far from city lights with a clear viewing sky unique to the area, Gardner Camp provides the area's best opportunity to learn about astronomy and the night sky! Our featured StarLab digital planetarium and our high-powered telescope technology elevate lessons in astronomy and space science into interactive and immersive experiences.
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Gardner Camp • 26558 160th Street • Hull, IL • Coordinates 39.6480° N, 91.2260° W
StarLab Digital Planetarium
Projected in an expansive 180-degree panoramic view, images and movies of the stars, planets, and space objects can be seen and studied up-close. No matter the weather, students can travel among the stars and planets in this museum-quality indoor learning laboratory.
The StarLab Planetarium was made possible by a generous contribution by Rotary Foundation of Quincy.
Learn the basics of using a variety of optical telescopes. We utilize three high-powered telescopes within our program - Celestron Nexstar 8" Evolution HD, an 8” Meade LX90 ACF Telescope, and a Meade LX85 5” Refractor.
- Night Sky Navigation: Learn how wildlife and people use the night sky to find their way
- Constellation Stories: Learn to find and hear the stories behind the characters in the sky
- Moon Geography: See and learn about the areas on the moon
- Star Charts: Learn how to use star charts to find night sky objects
- Planet Viewing: See the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, and more with your very own eyes
- StarLab Planetarium Shows
- Monthly Star Parties for Youth Groups
- Astronomy Speakers Available to Groups
- Field Astronomy Laboratory for area higher education institutions & schools
- Astronomy Badge Workshops for Scout groups
Find out more information about our "First Night Out" Star Parties!
Gardner Camp Clear Sky Chart
Check out what the current sky looks like at Gardner Camp - Dark Blue means Clear Skies! Click on the chart below for more information.
Sky & Telescope Interactive Star Chart
Sky & Telescope: The Essential Guide to Astronomy has an amazing interactive chart that can be used to find out what stars will be out at your specific location on any date at any time! Check it out - Interactive Star Chart.