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.

Evening Sky Viewing Plus

On certain Saturdays, Evening Sky Viewing Plus occurs. During Plus nights, extra features are available to the public…
*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 six of HRPO’s collection of thirty different physical science demonstrations will be on hand to perplex and amaze. Which demos will it be next time?
*An unaided eye sky tour takes place, showing the public major features of the sky for that season. The tour takes place at 8:00 pm during Standard Time, and at 9:00 pm during Daylight Time.

The Saturdays in 2014 on which Plus activities will take place are…

18 January
15 February
15 March
12 April
7 June
12 July
9 August
20 September
15 November

Lunar Viewing

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.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, May 30, 2014 10:55:24 AM.