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.

 

September and October starting at 8 p.m. for two hours.
November and December starting at 7 p.m. for three hours.

 

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

Fall 2015 Schedule (PDF version)

September 2015                    

Total Lunar Eclipse September 27, (Sunday) Special Program

2nd          Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, (Vega, Double-Double, Alberio, M13, M11, M57)

 
9th, 16th          Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, (Vega, Double-Double, Alberio, M13, M11, M57)

 
23rd, 30th          Saturn, Neptune, Moon (Vega, Double-Double, Alberio, M13, M11, M57)

 


October 2015            

7th, 14th          Uranus, Neptune, (Vega, Double-Double, Alberio, M13, M11, M57, M31)

 
21st,28th          Uranus, Neptune, Moon (Vega, Double-Double, Alberio, M13, M11, M57, M31)

 


November 2015                     

4th                     Uranus, Neptune, (Almach, Alberio,  M57, M31, h & χ Persei, M45)

 
Closed Veterans Day November 11

 
18th & 25th          Uranus, Neptune, Moon (Almach, Alberio, Betelgeuse, M31, h & χ Persei, M45)

 


December 2015         

2nd  & 9th          Neptune, Uranus, (Betelgeuse & Rigel, M31, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, NGC 457)

 
16th, 23rd, 30th          Neptune, Uranus, (Betelgeuse & Rigel, M31, h & χ Persei, M45, M42, NGC 457)

 


KEY:

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