Open Public Viewing Nights

 Observatory’s 20-inch, research-grade telescope is open to the public free of charge on Wednesday 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.

 


Weather permitting, the Observatory is open to the public every Wednesday.

 

January and February starting at 7 p.m. for three hours.
Beginning in March starting at 8 p.m. for two hours.

 

Please check our Announcement section on the homepage for the Observatory’s operating status.

Winter/ Spring Public Viewing Schedule 2016 (PDF version)

January 2016                   

 

6th            Uranus, M31, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

13th         Uranus, Moon, Almach, M31, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

20th         Uranus, Moon, Almach, M31, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

27th         Uranus, Almach, M31, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

 


February 2016             

3rd          Uranus, Almach, M31, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

10th       Uranus, Jupiter, Almach, M31, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

17th        Uranus, Jupiter,  Moon, Almach, M31, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

24th        Uranus, Jupiter,  Moon, Almach, M31, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

 


March 2016                     

2nd         Jupiter, Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

9th         Jupiter, Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

16th       Jupiter, Moon, Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

23th       Jupiter, Moon, Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

30st       Jupiter, Almach, NGC 457, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, Rigel, Betelgeuse

 


April 2016         

6th         Jupiter, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, M13, Rigel, Betelgeuse

13th       Jupiter, Moon, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, M13, Rigel, Betelgeuse

20th       Jupiter, Moon, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, M13, Rigel, Betelgeuse

27th       Jupiter, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, M13, Rigel, Betelgeuse

 


May 2016

4th        Jupiter, (Mars, Saturn Late), Arcturus, M13, (Vega, Alberio, Double-Double, M57 Late)

11th      Jupiter, (Mars, Saturn Late), Moon, Arcturus, M13, (Vega, Alberio, Double-Double, M57 Late)

18th      Jupiter, (Mars, Saturn Late), Moon, Arcturus, M13, (Vega, Alberio, Double-Double, M57 Late)

25th      Jupiter, (Mars, Saturn Late), Arcturus, M13, (Vega, Alberio, Double-Double, M57 Late)

 

 


Key:

h & χ Persei – A double star cluster in Persei

NGC 457 – An open star cluster in Cassiopeia also known as the Owl Cluster or the “ET” Cluster due to it’s resemblance to the movie character.

M-13 – Great globular cluster in Hercules

M-31 – The Famous Andromeda Galaxy

M-42 – The Orion Nebula

M-45 – The Pleiades

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

Almach – Gamma Andromedae (Gamma And, γ And, γ Andromedae) is the third brightest star in the constellation of Andromeda. It is also a known double star.