Members Only Observing Night – Sept 15 – 7:00 PM
Begins : Friday, September 15, 2023 at 7:00 PM Central Standard Time
Ends : Friday, September 15, 2023 at 11:30 PM Central Standard Time
Duration : 4 hours 30 minutes
Tonight's Sept 15 event is Postponed Due to clouds
If conditions improve on Saturday we will attempt to open then
Check this website after 4:00 PM on Saturday to confirm
Members Only Observing Night
Friday Sept 15, 2023 Gates Open at 7:00 PM Daylight Time
We try to reserve Observatory nights nearest the New Moon to our CURRENT MEMBERS ONLY. This allows our members to work on their various observing projects, share ideas and help each other with their goals. The gates will open at 7:00 PM. NOTE: The sun sets at 7:30 PM so drive carefully if arriving after dark. If Friday's session is cancelled due to weather, we may try to be open on Saturday if weather conditions improve. Check website for updates.
September weather is often variable. Warm summer days may be lingering or an early fall chill may be in the air. Check the weather forecast to see in a jacket may be needed. Be sure to bring along something cool to drink and as well as an energy snack. If you use insect repellant spray, do so at your car and away for the telescopes. It is not recommended for you to sit on lay on the grass, there are chairs in the observatory classroom.
Several of our regular club members will still be at the Okie-Tex Star party in the OKLA Panhandle for its final night. Those of you who come tonight can bring your own equipment of borrow one from the observatory classroom.
Saturn is well placed for viewing all evening having reached opposition August 27. Jupiter rises at 9:48 PM but won’t be high enough for observing until nearly 11:00 PM The constellations for the summer Milky Way along with their many hidden treasurers are still well placed for exploring in the SSW sky.
PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR CHANGES DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS If the Friday session is cancelled due to weather we will try again on Saturday evening.
As a member you can bring family members or a friend that wants to observe with you but no large groups. Please keep minor family members within your observing area with a supervising adult.
To develop your observing skills, you may want to consider trying to earn one of the over 40 well designed observing certificates from the Astronomical League. Check out some of their Observing Programs
If you are not currently a member you may try one of our RSVP guest nights or you can easily join. Simply go to the JOIN section on our website. Submit the forms online or mail in your membership dues. Click here to Join our Club
You can print off your application or image it as proof of new membership.
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