Viewing begins about a half hour after sundown, but you are welcome to come before that if you are patient for our volunteers to arrive to open the gate. Usually, we are set up inside the dome about sunset.
What to bring? Wear warmer clothes than normal daytime attire, especially in winter. As the air cools, viewing gets more clear. In mosquito weather, bring bug spray. In winter, wear hats, gloves and other very warm clothing.
Also, your own lawn chair adds to your enjoyment if guests are waiting for their viewing turn. Plan to stay an hour or more if viewing is optimal.