Highland Road Park Observatory


Fridays, 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturdays, 7:30 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.

On certain Saturdays, Evening Sky Viewing Plus occurs. The well-known marshmallow roast commences at the campfire ring behind the building, lasting at least one hour and ending no later than 9:30 pm. Two to four time- and light-oriented displays are available for those who like a challenge. Also, two to four of HRPO's collection of twenty-five different physical science demonstrations will be on hand to perplex and amaze. Which demos will it be next time? There is also a sky tour. The Saturdays in 2013 on which these activities will take place are…

12 January
16 February
23 March
18 May
29 June
3 August
31 August
28 September
23 November
21 December

All of these Saturdays are denoted appropriately in the Calendar of Events.

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 click “Evening Sky Viewing” for any particular night. The summary will give the illumination and maximum altitude of the Moon.

NOTE: All sky viewing and campfires are free yet weather-dependent.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, December 13, 2012 7:29:10 AM