Shambhala Observatory

Live Astronomy and Planitarium Broadcasting

Located at the Shambhala Monastery in Northern California (2,700ft elevation), the Shambhala Observatory offers live video broadcasts of astronomical objects along with planetarium programs, video clips, internet information, narration, and music. Watch on your Iphone, Ipad, Android, computer & big screen TV!

Notifications of upcoming broadcasts

Email if you’d like to receive email and/or text notifications, including your mobile number if you want a text. Please use subject line “Notifications” followed by your name and time zone. All lists will be kept private and used for broadcast notifications only.

Alternatively, you can become a “follower” of our Livestream Channel “Buddha Maitreya the Christ”, then you’ll get system generated email notifications from Livestream whenever a new broadcast (called an “event”) is scheduled.

Shambhala Observatory events are usually scheduled a day or two ahead of time but sometimes at short notice! If you're on the mailing list you'll get the link to the event page along with the start time. **Please note that any updates and information will be posted on the event page and NOT emailed or texted. Occasionally the weather or technical issue causes a delay or postponement so definitely check the page ahead of time, especially if you have a group of people planning to watch with you!

If California (Pacific) timing is impractical, let me know your time zone when you email and if there is enough interest I will schedule events more suited to your time zone.

These are free events; registration & password is not required. Share the link and invite anyone to watch with you.

If you’d like to make a donation it would be most appreciated, just use this LINK. Thank you!

How to Watch

Mobile devices like iOS (iPhone/iPad) or Android use the free Livestream app, so when you click the link the event page opens up automatically. For laptop or computer watch via a web browser such as chrome. To manually find an event, just do a search in the Livestream site for our channel or for any event called “Shambhala Observatory.”

If you miss a broadcast or want to watch it again, they'll usually be archived for a week or two.

Recommended Viewing Setups

Shambhala Observatory Broadcasts are optimized for wi-fi streaming to a newer model iOS or Android which then mirror to a bigger screen. To mirror, you'll need something like an apple digital AV adapter, Chromecast, or airplay. Up to this point, watching the broadcasts on a bigger screen via the iOS/Android mirroring function gives the best combination of detail and quality.

Brightness and contrast settings both on your mobile device and larger screen do make a difference. It is worth a little experimentation with whatever setup you are using. Don't forget to dim the lights and connect up your sound system...and if the weather permits, sit outside and watch under the stars!

About the Shambhala Observatory

The Observatory is designed for Remote Video Astronomy (RVA), so the telescopes and cameras are housed in a custom dome and operated remotely from a PC. The main telescope is a 16-inch Meade LX600. The scope connects to a video astronomy camera (the Xterminator, by Mallincam) that transmits to the PC.

These types of camera, which allow you to watch the objects on a monitor, are an alternative to eyepiece viewing (traditional individual viewing, at the telescope) and astrophotography (preparing a picture from long camera exposures and post-processing). The camera's circuitry amplifies and enhances the image, so much so that it reveals very faint objects even in light polluted skies. This is done with short 2 to 12 second exposure times but occasionally up to around 30 seconds.

There is also a secondary video system: A 5-inch Orion telescope that's connected to a second video astronomy camera (Mallincam's Junior Pro). Both systems are independent, but the Orion is mounted on top of the larger 16inch scope and aligned so that it points to exactly the same area of sky.

Having a secondary system compliments the primary system as it gives us a less powerful but bigger and wider view. This adds context to the deep-field observations from the larger scope and really adds to the experience. For instance, the Orion/Junior pro system can show on screen all of the full moon or a large object such as the Great Orion Nebula. When we switch views to the Meade/Xterminator we can observe in much more detail a small section of the same are, like zooming in.

Both these wide-field and deep-field views are then streamed over the internet from the observatory’s control PC to your device. Also we add in planetarium programs and other media to the broadcast to offer a unique and enjoyable experience wherever you might be.

Hope you can join us!