Saturday March 11th Gates Open at 6:00 PM CST
Guest Please RSVP
You are invited to join us Saturday March 11th for our Guests and Members observing night at our observatory. Come Join us to celebrate the last night of Central Standard Time.
Weather permitting, we will have several telescopes set up for you to enjoy views of the late winter sky and early Spring sky. The winter constellations are still well placed for viewing. Enjoy the constellations of Gemini, Auriga, Taurus, Orion and Canis Major. The winter sky also has eight of the 20 brightest stars. As the evening progresses we will begin to see the Spring constellation of Leo rising in the east along with the Big Dipper reappearing in the NE sky. Venus will be the bright evening planet in the SW. If you scan the western horizon in the evening dusk, you may get a last glimpse of Jupiter before it slips behind the Sun. Mars is dimmer now but still easily visible in the horns of Taurus the Bull.
PLEASE NOTE: If nighttime temperature is extremely cold, or severe storms nearby we may cancel or close earlier.
Dress warmly – Our Rural area can be much colder after dark.
PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR CHANGES DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS
Our observing ground gates will open at 6:00 PM. Guests are asked to park on the lot at the large building next to our observing field. Due to our rural location, it is recommended you wear socks and closed toe shoes. Bring along a warm jacket as It gets colder on our rural hilltop. Please try to arrive before 7:00 PM. We will start closing up about 10:30 PM.
We are asking you to RSVP ( preferably by Friday evening if possible ) by using our CONTACT TAB option on the TOP of our website bar. This will help us be better prepared to help you. Small family or friends’ groups are welcome, but we cannot accommodate large groups at this time. Children MUST be supervised. Quiet activities for restless kids are beneficial.
GUESTS - Please RSVP by giving us the FIRST & LAST NAME of the primary person.
An EMAIL and contact PHONE number. - Number of - ___ Adults / ___ Children
If you send an RSVP on Saturday you may not get a reply but you may come anyway.
A DONATIONS box is available to help us with the expenses of the observatory.
Suggested Donation is $ 5 per adult, $ 2 Kids under 6 Free. – Cash is best way.
Covid & Flu are still of some concern - So we are asking you choose a future date if you or your family are ill. When approaching a telescope ask the owner if they are willing to share the views.
* * Events may be cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen conditions.
Please check our WEBSITE before heading out.
ACT OBSERVATORY directions - Follow our map directions DO NOT USE GPS
MOSTLY PAVED ROADS – Hwy 75 to 201st St S – through Mounds OK
Most DIRECT ROUTE – Hwy 75 to 241st St S – some coarse gravel & dirt roads