Most CLEAR Friday and Saturday nights
8:00pm to 10:00pm
(Always call ahead to confirm. See below.)
Everyone is Welcome
Friday evenings feature amateur astronomer Bill Shackelford as your host.
If the sky is clear and the temperature is above +10°F, volunteers
will open the observatory for public viewing.
During public hours, the operator will offer a variety of views possibly including the Moon, planets that are currently visible, and deep space objects of beauty and interest. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a look at the heavens through the eyepiece of the antique Alvan Clark 8-inch refractor telescope.
Call ahead after 7pm to check on the status of the observatory for the evening - 581-1341. A recording is up-dated an hour prior to opening the observatory if there will be observing that evening.
Call 581-1348 and press 1 during the first greeting to hear the observing plan for the evening. If it has not been up-dated this evening, the facility may not be opening.
Staff schedules and weather both can interfere with public hours.