Event List

Guest & Member Night - Sat Dec 16 @ 4:30 PM

Begins : Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 4:30 PM Central Standard Time

Ends : Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 10:00 PM Central Standard Time

Duration : 5 hours 30 minutes

Guest & Member Night  -  Sat  Dec 16 @ 4:30 PM

  Details and map links below

Saturday December 16th  Gates Open at 4:30 PM      

   Guest Please RSVP to help us be prepared for your visit.

NOTE: Weather conditions may cause the event to be cancelled. 

            Check our website for updates


You are invited to join us Saturday December 16th  for our Guests and Members observing night at our observatory. Weather permitting, we will have several telescopes set up for you to enjoy the bright stars of the winter sky.  Some of our members will have telescope outside for viewing.  You will also have an opportunity to visit the telescope in our observatory dome. When approaching a telescope ask the owner if they are willing to share the views.


On clear winter nights the temperature drops off quickly after dark in rural areas. Dress in layers. A warm coat, cap and gloves are recommended.  Your feet will appreciate Warm Closed toed shoes.  Bring along something to drink and maybe a light energy snack.   We do have a restroom and a classroom area to warm up a bit and visit.


Jupiter and its moons along with Saturn and its rings will be popular sites during the evening. The planet Uranus is also nearby.   The bright winter constellations of Taurus and Orion are rising in the east.  On this night a 4 day old crescent moon will be visible about 13 degrees below Saturn.  As an added bonus you may also see a few meteors streak across the sky from the Geminid Meteor shower that peaked in the middle of the week. 


PLEASE NOTE: If adverse weather is nearby, we may cancel or close earlier.  


Our observing ground gates will open at 4:30 PM. Guests are asked to park on the lot at the large building next to our observing field.  

  Sunset is at 5:09 PM     Please try to arrive before 6:00 PM and drive carefully if arriving after dark. 

So that we can better prepared for our guests we would a appreciate an RSVP.  You can use our CONTACT TAB option on the TOP of our website bar. 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.

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.



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