Free Public and Group Observing
Public stargazing for everyone is offered every clear Saturday night from April to November starting one hour after sunset and continuing for two hours. To determine when the sun will set and whether it will be clear, check out the clear sky clock.
The observing location is located at the Jefferson Township Park, which is just North of Dawkins Road (old 14) on S. Webster Road.
This location is the future site of a modern new unique observatory featuring the Society's Richard Johnston 16 inch telescope. The observatory is currently in final fund raising stage, so stay connected on the progress and of our grand opening.
On these clear Saturday viewing nights, Astronomy members are available to answer your questions. You may also bring your own telescope to the site and receive help to use it more effectively.
Monthly meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month. Check our Meeting Page for program and location. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Fort Wayne Astronomical Society is dedicated to public education in Astronomy. Club members volunteer their time, talents, and equipment in community service to share the heavens with school children, scout groups, church groups, and the general public at prearranged observing sessions and lectures. In order to help us continue this service to the community and make the learning experience more enjoyable for everyone, we use the following guidelines regarding the scheduling of these programs.
Jefferson Township Park: The Society can give approximately 1-1⁄2 hour observing sessions or lectures at Jefferson Township Park observing location for groups of 10 or more, given 2 weeks notice. Groups of less than 10 may simply come out to the Park on any clear Saturday night, April through November, without notice.
Traveling programs: The Society can also provide a 1 hour observing session or lecture within a radius of 30 miles from Fort Wayne, given 4 weeks notice. We reserve Saturday nights for activities at our Jefferson Township Park location.
Scheduling is made on a first-come-first-served basis. To schedule a program for your group you may contact the Observatory Director, Bob Crider at (260) 241-1361 - or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees: For an observing session there is a $1 charge per person 8 years and older. Children 7 and under are free. Indoor lectures are free, although donations are welcome. Any fees or contributions are strictly used to maintain our equipment, telescope and future observatory since club members donate their services.
Age: The minimum age we recommend for the group itself is 8, or students in the 3rd grade, although younger siblings, friends, and family members may accompany them.
Conduct: Due to the somewhat fragile nature of the telescopes we ask that children not be allowed to run around them, or handle the equipment unless instructed. To ensure adequate supervision we request no fewer than 1 adult for every 6 children that attend.
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