The Fox Park Public Observatory was built entirely with donations and contributions from Lansing area businesses and opened its doors for public viewing the fall of 1999. The Observatory was run by a dedicated group of amateur astronomers in conjunction with the Capital Area Astronomy Association (CAAA) for many years. When the CAAA could no longer financially support the Observatory, ownership of the Observatory was turned over to the Eaton County Parks Department.
The emphasis at the Observatory is hands-on observing, CCD imaging, astrophotography, the hunt for galaxies, globular star clusters, nebulae, asteroids, comets, and studying the planets and moons in our solar system. Public viewing nights are lead by amateur astronomers who donate their time to make the beauty of the night sky accessible to everyone.
- 30'x30' Open Air Observatory10'X30' Control Room
- Meade 16" LX200 "Classic" Computer Controlled Telescope
- Two Meade 12" LX200 "Classic" Computer Controlled Telescopes
- Two Portable 10" Dobsonian Telescopes
- Two 10x50mm Orion Scenix Binoculars
Please help support the Observatory by becoming a Friend of Eaton County Parks. The Friends group provides financial support for equipment maintenance and enhancement at the Observatory allowing us to continue to provide public observation nights and other special viewing events.
The Friends of Eaton County Parks is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all dues and donations are tax deductible.
Eaton County Parks Naturalist, Jackie Blanc, is available by appointment to do astronomy programs/tours for interested groups either on site at the Observatory or at your facility or classroom. Groups may also attend any public viewing night. To arrange a program, please call (517) 627-7351 ext. 6023 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.