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New star watching gear at Herkimer Diamond Mines lodge

By WKTV News

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Sitting under the stars takes on a whole new meaning at the Herkimer Diamond Mine's KOA Resort.

Now, there's a lodge specifically aimed at learning about astronomy.

The main feature of the new Star Catcher Lodge is an exterior raised deck that holds a high powered telescope.

That telescope is equipped with advanced GPS technology that automatically pinpoints the exact coordinates you're looking for in the sky.

Renee Scialdo-Shevat, the president and CEO of Herkimer Diamond Mines said, " We'll be teaching those programs every night to the entire campground on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and when we get into peak season, midweek as well."

But you might want to stay at the lodge to get exclusive usage of the telescope.

She said, " Once those educational programs finish, the only individuals who will have access to the scope in the evening, will be the individuals holding access to that lodge and staying with us for that evening."

The Starcatcher is next to the existing solar lodges, which experts want to take to the next level.

Soon they'll use solar panels to power the lodge.

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