The observatory is open to the public. We encourage class field trips for daytime and nighttime viewing. For day trips the sun is the prime subject. Observations in Ha, Cal-K, Sodium and badder white light allow prominences, flares, granulation, filaments to be observed.
On display is the largest nickle-iron meteorite in the state, plus others.
We conduct experiments in nuclear physics, with a saturated cloud chamber, which allows detection of secondary particles streaming in from the universe.
Nightly observations reveal globular clusters, open clusters, planetary nebulae, and star forming regions. Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the moons of other planets are also observed.
The constellations and the universe are explained in an easy to understand format.
Beginning September 15, 2004, the observatory will offer a mobile observatory that will travel to your campus. Telescopes, meteorites and all else will be at your disposal. Contact us to make reservations and for rate quotes.
We are certified to award merit badges for astronomy to the scouting community. We also offer overnight visits. Please provide your own tents.