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 January 16, 2011 (Borrego Springs) – Famed night-sky photographer Dennis Mammana announces a series of photography classes and lectures in Borrego Springs in January, February and March, plus a celestial overnight campout in the Anza-Borrego desert January 29-30.


For nearly four decades, Mammana has brought the wonders of the cosmos to audiences around the world. He is a nationally syndicated columnist, lecturer, and an invited member of TWAN (The World At Night), an international team of the world’s most highly-acclaimed night sky photographers. View his site at


Located in the heart of the Anza-Borrego Desert, Borrego Springs has long been a haven for amateur astronomers. It has been designated by “USA Today” as one of the nation’s top ten stargazing locations, and in 2009 it was named California’s first International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association.

Below are details on upcoming classes, lectures and a celestial campover:


Digital Desert Photography classes
Saturdays Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar. 5, 12, 2011 from 8:30 – 10 a.m. PST
The Springs at Borrego RV Resort
Borrego Springs, California

So you have a new digital camera and your photos turn out OK, but all those knobs and dials and features make your head spin. As for the instruction manual… well, fuhgetaboutit!

In this fun-filled and informative 1 1/2-hour class you'll learn all you thought you didn't need to know: the digital basics of your camera along with photo techniques and tricks―lighting and color, composition and creative seeing that will help you create images that pop.

Several Saturdays to choose from throughout the spring. To learn more, visit:


2011: A Year of Cosmic Wonder outdoor public lecture

Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. PST
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center Amphitheater
Borrego Springs, California

The seventh annual outdoor Desert Skies Lectures Series continues at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center amphitheater at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 22.

As we turn the page on the calendar, an exciting year of celestial events comes into view: eclipses, lunar and planetary conjunctions, meteor showers and more. Don’t miss this fun-filled preview of what promises to be a fascinating year of cosmic wonder.

After the presentation, view the wonders of the heavens through a telescope, weather permitting. Please dress warmly and bring a blanket on which to sit. While it isn't necessary, feel free to bring binoculars and a flashlight with red lens or covering to protect night vision.

For more information visit or call the Anza-Borrego Desert Institute at 760.767.4063.


Your Celestial Bucket List public lecture
Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. PST
The Springs at Borrego
Borrego Springs, California

The Sunday Stargazing at the Springs lecture series continues at 6:30 p.m. on January 23 with this program about the some of the most amazing celestial sights nature has to offer.
Some can appear in our beautiful desert sky; some we must travel far to see. Learn about the most remarkable celestial events that must be included on everyone’s “bucket list.” If you’re interested in experiencing all this world—and others—have to offer, this is one presentation you won’t want to miss!
The evening begins with a light dinner, followed by the presentation by noted astronomer and syndicated columnist Dennis Mammana. Then it's out to the Springs’ Astronomy Park for some telescope viewing of the magnificent desert sky (weather permitting) with expert amateur astronomers. For more information and reservations, call the Springs at Borrego RV Resort at 760.767.0004 or visit: No RV is necessary to enjoy the program.

Celestial Overnight Desert Campout

Saturday/Sunday, January 29/30, 2011
California Overland Desert Excursions
Borrego Springs, California

Join noted astronomer and night sky photographer Dennis Mammana for this exciting overnight desert campout to view the glorious stars, planets, nebulae and galaxies of the desert night sky, and learn why Borrego Springs has been designated the first (and only) International Dark Sky Community in California.

Weekend includes a stirring excursion through the rugged Borrego Badlands in open-air jeeps and former military vehicles, a mouth-watering chuck wagon dinner, campfire and S'mores, all camping gear, a full hot breakfast the next morning and more. All you need to bring is warm clothing, a pillow, and a sense of adventure.
Advanced reservations are required for this event. For more information or reservations, call Joe Raffetto toll-free at 866.6.EXPLORE or 760.767.1232, or visit online at and scroll down to "Upcoming Events". Booking rapidly, so don't delay!



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