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Welcome to the William D. McDowell Observatory

Latitude: 40° 47’ 8.178”N Longitude: 74° 6’ 19.118”W Elevation: 25ft

 

Public Viewing Nights

William D. McDowell ObservatoryThe Observatory’s 20-inch, research-grade telescope is open to the public free of charge on Monday and Wednesday evenings.  The focus of each session depends on observing conditions, so check this website often for details and updates.  Viewing requires a clear sky, so the Observatory is closed on cloudy, rainy, and snowy nights.  Closings will be announced on the left side of this page and on the William D. McDowell page.

 

 

Summer 2013 Viewing Schedule

The Observatory is open to the public with free viewing sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

The observatory is open at 8:30 p.m. for two hours.

Please check this web-site for the most up-to-date information.

 

* Note: Although leashed dogs are permitted in DeKorte Park, dogs are not permitted in the Observatory unless they are a certified service dog.

 

 

Observatory Opens

at 9 PM

 


June 2013 (9PM ->10:30PM)

3rd & 5th:   Arcturus, Vega, Alberio, Double-Double, M13, M57, M5, Saturn,

10th & 12th:   Arcturus, Vega, Alberio, Double-Double, M13, M57, M5, Saturn

17th & 19th:   Arcturus, Vega, Alberio, Double-Double, M13, M57, M5, Saturn, Moon

24th & 26th:   Arcturus, Vega, Alberio, Double-Double, M13, M57, M5, Saturn

 

July 2013 (9PM ->10:30 PM)

1st & 3rd:   Arcturus, Vega, Double-Double, M13, Albireo, M57, M5, Saturn,

8th & 10th:   Arcturus, Vega, Double-Double, M13, Albireo, M57, M5, Saturn

15th & 17th:   Arcturus, Vega, Double-Double, M13, Albireo, M57, M5, Saturn, Moon

22nd & 24th:   Arcturus, Vega, Double-Double, M13, Albireo, M57, M5, Saturn, Moon

29th & 31st:   Arcturus, Vega, Double-Double, M13, Albireo, M57, M5, Saturn

 

August 2013 (8:30PM ->10:30 PM)

5th & 7th:   Arcturus, Vega, Double-Double, M13, Albireo, M57, M5 & Saturn (Early), Neptune (Late)

12th & 14th:   Arcturus, Vega, Double-Double, M13, Albireo, M57, M5 & Saturn (Early), Neptune (Late), Moon

19th & 21nd:   Arcturus, Vega, Double-Double, M13, Albireo, M57, M5 & Saturn (Early), Neptune (Late), Moon

26th  & 28th:   Arcturus, Vega, Double-Double, M13, Albireo, M57, Saturn (Early), Neptune (Late), Uranus (Late)

 

Key:

 

h & χ Persei – A double star cluster in P

M-5 – Globular cluster in Serpens

M-13 – Great globular cluster in Hercules

M-57 – Ring Nebula, Messier 57 is often regarded as the prototype of a planetary nebula

Double-Double – Epsilon Lyrae the famous double-double or quadruple star system in the constellation Lyra

Albireo – One of the best contrasting double stars in the sky due to their different colors

 

To arrange for a group visit, please contact Dr. John Sloan at 201-460-2416.