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. Please send inquiries or requests for events to:

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, December 1 6:00pm – 10:00pm :

    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.

  • Saturday, December 15 7:00pm – 10:00pm :

    Wirtanen Watch

    Come look for the close pass of a comet named after Kenosha-born astronomer Carl Wirtanen. Comet 46P/Wirtanen passes only 30 times the distance of the Moon from Earth on the following morning and may be bright enough to see unaided. You are still welcome to bring your own binoculars or telescopes and look at the Moon and other bright objects.

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