Observatory

The Charles and Kathryn Heide Schoolyard Observatory at Hawthorn Hollow features a Meade LX200 – ACF 16″ telescope on an Alt-Az mount in an automated dome as well as two mounts for smaller telescopes outside the dome. The observatory hosts daytime and nighttime field trips as well as star parties during the summer.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, July 21 9:00pm – 12:00am :

    Open House

    Come enjoy an evening of star gazing and telescope viewing. A variety of telescopes will be on hand with volunteers to guide you seeing the night’s brightest objects. You are also welcome to bring your own binoculars or telescopes.

  • Wednesday, July 25 8:00pm – 10:00pm :

    Bat and Observatory Night

    Visit the Schoolyard Observtory, look through the telescopes, or use your eyes to see what’s in the sky and watch out for bats. Feel free to bring your own telescope or binoculars to enjoy the darker skies visible from the meadow. This event is appropriate for attendees of all ages and costs $5/person.

  • Saturday, August 25 8:30pm – 11:30pm :

    Open House

    Come enjoy an evening of star gazing and telescope viewing. A variety of telescopes will be on hand with volunteers to guide you seeing the night’s brightest objects. You are also welcome to bring your own binoculars or telescopes.


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