Event List

Guest and Members Night Saturday May 11 – 7:45 PM

Begins : Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 7:45 PM Central Standard Time

Ends : Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 11:00 PM Central Standard Time

Duration : 3 hours 15 minutes

Saturday May 11  Gates Open at 7:45 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 May 11  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.

NOTE:  Due to recent heavy rains the MOSTLY PAVED ROADS   route link below may be a better choice for travel.

The rural evening temperatures are often cooler than in town. So, a light jacket may be useful.  Warmer weather also has invigorated our insect “friends”.    Please apply insect repellents away from the telescope areas.  Also, it is not recommended to lay on the ground even with a blanket.  We have chairs in the classroom, or you can bring your own lawn chairs.


Tonight our guests will have an opportunity to enjoy viewing the 4 day old waxing crescent moon in the constellation of Gemini.   The moon is a major goal for numerous spacecraft missions.  The USA, China, India and even a private company have recently launched or plan to launch missions to the moon.  The Spring Sky has a number of familiar constellations you will want to learn.  Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Ursa Major ( Big Dipper ) and others.  Numerous galaxies are also visible in our telescopes.


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


Our observing ground gates will open at 7:45 PM. Guests are asked to park on the lot at the large building next to our observing field.  Please try to arrive before 8:30 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