Open Public Viewing Nights

 Observatory’s 20-inch, research-grade telescope is open to the public free of charge on specific evenings.  The focus of each session depends on observing conditions, so check this website often for details and updates.


Viewing requires a clear sky, so the Observatory is closed on cloudy, rainy, and snowy nights.  Please check this web-site for the most up-to-date information and announcements.


Fall 2014 Schedule

Observatory Public Viewing Schedule Fall 2014 (PDF version)



October 17th    


Uranus, Neptune (Vega, Double-Double, Alberio, M13, M11, M57, M31)


November 7th


Uranus, Neptune, Moon (Almach, Alberio, Betelgeuse, M31, h & χ Persei, M45)


December 19th


Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter (late) (Betelgeuse & Rigel, M31, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, NGC 457)





M-11 – The Wild Duck Cluster in the Scutum; is one of the richest and most compact open clusters

M-13 – Great globular cluster in Hercules

M-57 – Ring nebula Messier 57 is often regarded as the prototype of a planetary nebula

M-31 – The famous Andromeda galaxy

M-45 – Pleiades star cluster

M-42 – The Orion Nebula

NGC 457 – Open star cluster in Cassiopeia the Owl Cluster, or the ET Cluster, due to its resemblance to the movie character

h & χ Persei – The famous double star cluster in Perseus, 7,500 light years away

Additional Double Stars; Clusters, Nebula and galaxies will be viewed at each session depending on time and sky conditions