Members Only Observing Night
Friday October 13, 2023 Gates Open at 6:30 PM
We try to reserve Observatory nights nearest the New Moon for our CURRENT MEMBERS ONLY. This allows our members to work on their various observing projects, do some astrophotography, share ideas and help each other with their goals. The gates will open at 6:30 PM. NOTE: The sun sets at 6:50 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.
Autumn temperatures drop quickly after sunset so bring along a jacket. Be sure to bring along something to drink as well as an energy snack. . It is not recommended for you to sit on lay on the grass, there are chairs in the observatory classroom.
As we move into October the summer Milky Way still lingers in the SW but sets before midnight. The Great Square of Pegasus along with the autumn constellations is well up in the east as it gets dark. Saturn is well place for viewing and Jupiter rises at 7:30 but it will be past 8:30 before we can see much detail.
Tonight's Session will End Early as many of our members are helping with the
Saturday Oct 14 is the Partial Eclipse of the Sun. Depending on your location in the Tulsa area -
it begins about 10:23 AM Maximum is at 11:50 AM and it Ends at 1:24 PM
Our club will be hosting Two Eclipse viewing locations. One at the Sand Springs Community Center
and the other at the Solar System Walkway in front of Creekwood Elementary in Broken Arrow.
Contact one of our officers to Volunteer.
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