“Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.”
The clear mountain air and remote location of Sly Park provide incredible views of the night sky. Besides a spectacular array of stars, galaxies, nebula, and other deep space objects are visible through one of our ten telescopes.
The Sly Park observatory's telescopes include an 11" Celestron, a 17 1/2 " Newtonian, two 8" Newtonians and six 6" reflectors, all of which offer breath-taking views of the heavens. During the daytime, sunspots and solar prominences can be viewed with our hydrogen alpha filter.
The Starlab planetarium projects the night sky indoors where students learn about constellations, legends from many different cultures, and concepts that help them understand astronomy.
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