Observatory

Dome under full moon

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 & classes, scout merit badge workshops as well as star parties. Please send inquiries or requests for events to:

Upcoming Events

(Weather cancellations made the night before on Twitter & in the Facebook event).

  • Saturday, January 25 6:00pm – 10:00pm :

    Open House

    Come enjoy an evening of stargazing and telescope viewing. A variety of telescopes will be on hand with volunteers to guide you in seeing the night’s brightest objects. You are also welcome to bring your own binoculars or telescopes. Free Family/Adult event (weather permitting). Any questions please feel free to email the address above.

  • Wednesday, February 12 7:00pm – 8:30pm :

    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. ($6/person; weather permitting). Space is limited so sign up by e-mailing the above address and indicate whether you will be borrowing or bringing your own binoculars. You may prepay by mailing a check or money order or by Paypal (be sure to indicate the event in the note):

  • Friday, February 21 7:00pm – 9:00pm :

    Telescope Tour

    Take a visual tour of planets, nebulae, galaxies, and other celestial bodies through the 16″ telescope at the Schoolyard Observatory. Learn about how to locate these objects and determine their distances, sizes, and other properties. Register in advance since attendance is limited to 10 individuals by emailing the address above. ($6/person; weather permitting). You may prepay by mailing a check or money order or by Paypal (be sure to indicate the event in the note):

  • Saturday, February 29 7:00pm – 11:00pm :

    Leap Day Open House

    Come enjoy an evening of stargazing and telescope viewing and celebrate the calendar date that appears only once every four years. A variety of telescopes will be on hand with volunteers to guide you in seeing the night’s brightest objects. You are also welcome to bring your own binoculars or telescopes. Free Family/Adult event (weather permitting). Any questions please feel free to email the address above.

  • Wednesday, March 11 7:00pm – 8:00pm :

    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 ($6/person or $12/family; indoors if the weather is bad). E-mail the address above to sign up.

  • Friday, March 20 7:30pm – 9:30pm :

    Equinox Telescope Tour

    Take a visual tour of planets, nebulae, galaxies, and other celestial bodies through the 16″ telescope at the Schoolyard Observatory. Learn about how to locate these objects and determine their distances, sizes, and other properties. Register in advance since attendance is limited to 10 individuals by emailing the address above. ($6/person; weather permitting). You may prepay by mailing a check or money order or by Paypal (be sure to indicate the event in the note):

  • Saturday, March 28 8:00pm – 12:00pm :

    Open House

    Come enjoy an evening of stargazing and telescope viewing. A variety of telescopes will be on hand with volunteers to guide you in seeing the night’s brightest objects. You are also welcome to bring your own binoculars or telescopes. Free Family/Adult event (weather permitting). Any questions please feel free to email the address above.

  • Wednesday, April 15  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. ($6/person; weather permitting). Space is limited so sign up by e-mailing the above address and indicate whether you will be borrowing or bringing your own binoculars. You may prepay by mailing a check or money order or by Paypal (be sure to indicate the event in the note).

  • Friday, April 17 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 how to locate these objects and determine their distances, sizes, and other properties. Register in advance since attendance is limited to 10 individuals by emailing the address above. ($6/person; weather permitting). You may prepay by mailing a check or money order or by Paypal (be sure to indicate the event in the note):

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