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. Please send inquiries or requests for events to:

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, March 8 7:30pm – 9:30pm :

    Telescope Tour

    Take a visual tour of planets, nebulae, galaxies, and other celestial bodies through the 16″ telescope at the Schoolyard Observatory. Learn about the how to locate these objects and determine their distances, sizes, and other properties. Register in advance since attendance is limited to 10 individuals by e-mailing the address above. ($5/person; weather permitting).

  • Monday, March 11 8:00pm – 9:00pm :

    Naked-Eye Astronomy

    Find out how the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets move across our sky and learn the important points that we use to map the sky. You won’t need any special equipment beyond your eyes and your brain. Open for all ages ($5/person or $10/family; indoors if weather bad). E-mail the address above to sign up.

  • Wednesday, March 20 6:45pm – 8:45pm :

    March Equinox Full Moon

    Celebrate the spring’s special day of equal day and night paired in 2019 with a full moon. During that time, we will enjoy the sunset, the moonrise, stargazing and telescope viewing. Welcoming of all ages (walking required for sunset viewing) with no fee (indoors if weather bad) but register by e-mail at the address above.

  • Monday, April 1 8:00pm – 9:30pm :

    Binoculars on the Sky

    Use binoculars to find objects in the night sky and enjoy the beauty of magnified planets, galaxies, and nebulae. Binoculars are available to borrow or you may bring your own. Appropriate for adults and mature children. ($5/person; weather permitting).  Space is limited so sign up by e-mailing the address above.

  • Saturday, April 6 8:00pm – 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.

  • Friday, April 12 8:30pm – 10:30pm :

    Telescope Tour

    Take a visual tour of planets, nebulae, galaxies, and other celestial bodies through the 16″ telescope at the Schoolyard Observatory. Learn about the how to locate these objects and determine their distances, sizes, and other properties. Register in advance since attendance is limited to 10 individuals by e-mailing the address above. ($5/person; weather permitting).

 

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