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2017 Public Viewing Schedule

The 2017 Observing Schedule

* SAS Public Star Parties are viewing sessions for the general public.  They are held on the Fridays (with Saturday as the weather alternate, but only if we are clouded out on the preceding Friday) close to the New Moon from April through October.  These sessions are free and open to the general public.

Other Observing Times

The SAS hosts several sessions for organizations throughout the year. If you wish to schedule an event, please contact us with an estimate of observing dates (it is often necessary (and best) to schedule both an official observing date and a “rain date” in case of poor observing weather).

Public Star Party Viewing
Time Session Begins
Friday, May 26
9:00 pm
Session 1 @DHO (Rain Date 5/27)
Friday, June 23
9:00 pm
Session 2 @DHO (Rain Date 6/24)
Friday, July 21
9:00 pm
Session 3 @DHO (Rain Date 7/22)
Friday, August 18
8:00 pm
Session 4 @DHO (Rain Date 8/19)
Friday, September 15
8:00 pm
Session 5 @DHO (Rain Date 9/16)
Saturday, October 21
7:00 pm
Session 6 @DHO (no Rain Date)
August TBD – Summer Seminar @ DHO
Messier Marthon(for members only)
These are all-night sessions and will be held at places other than the observatory depending on sky and ground conditions.
The Messier Marathon is our attempt to observe all of the 109 Messier objects in a single night.
Friday, April TBD
7:00 pm
Session 1 @ DHO
Friday, May TBD
8:00 pm
Session 2 @ DHO
Friday, June  TBD
9:00 pm
Session 3 @ DHO

First appearance: January 25th, 2011. Page subject to updates.