Highland Road Park Observatory
EVENING SKY VIEWING
Fridays, 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
HRPO houses a 50-cm reflector, a 40-cm reflector and several smaller telescopes to bring the majesty of the night sky to the public. Trained operators, sharing duties via a rotating roster, work throughout the year in shifts. Each operator has a pre-planned list of objects to highlight. However, requests will be taken if there is time and if all present have viewed the previous target.
The shorter viewing session of the week takes place every Friday after the lecture.
Saturday night has the longer session, running an additional hour. Saturday night is also the best time to bring children under eleven, who may be interested in looking through the scopes but not necessarily in sitting for a lecture.
Evening Sky Viewing Plus
On certain Saturdays, Evening Sky Viewing Plus occurs. During Plus nights, extra features are available to the public…
The Saturdays in 2014 on which Plus activities will take place are…
To decide whether to come when the Moon is available (to see exquisite detail on the lunar surface), or when the Moon is relatively low or below the horizon (to focus on deep-sky treats such as globular clusters and nebulae), go to the Calendar of Events and read the description for any particular “Evening Sky Viewing.” The summary will give the illumination and maximum altitude of the Moon.
All of these Saturdays that have Plus activities and Planet priorities are denoted appropriately in the Calendar of Events. All sky viewing and campfires are free yet weather-dependent.
Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, May 30, 2014 10:55:24 AM.