Schoolyard Observatory Open House

November 3, 2018, December 1, 2018

See times below

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. The event is weather-permitting (no rain/snow and < 50% cloud cover): find same-day updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Admission is free; donations appreciated. There is no registration deadline.


  • Sept 8: 8:30 - 11:30 p. m.
  • Oct 6: 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.: This one will not take place due to the weather.
  • Nov 3: 7 - 10 p.m.
  • Dec 1: 6 – 10 p.m.

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 and classes as well as star parties during the summer.

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