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

  • Monday, January 14 8:00pm – 9:00pm :

    Naked-Eye Astronomy Class

    Find out how the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars move across our sky using just your eyes & brain and learn important points that we use to map the sky. ($3/person)

  • Sunday, January 20 8:00pm – 1:00am :

    Lunar Eclipse Party

    Celebrate the slow darkening, then reddening of the Moon, a total lunar eclipse, by coming to see it through magnifying telescopes and binoculars. The eclipse begins at 8:36pm, reaches totality at 11:12pm, and ends at 1:48 am. Although the Moon will be the star of the show, we will (weather permitting) point some smaller telescopes at other objects during this slowly unfolding process and enjoy the company of fellow sky lovers. In addition, we will enjoy some Moon model-building and testing with air-dry clay, Moon sketching, and Moon phase cupcakes (with donation). In the event of overcast skies, the Moon view will happen via live stream. Please sign up so we can have enough supplies by e-mailing the address above.

  • Saturday, February 9 5:30pm – 9:30pm :

    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.

  • Saturday, March 2 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.


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