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Welcome to the Fox Park Observatory

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The Observatory is located inside Fox Park in the far northwest corner of the park past the beach area and new restroom facility. This is an open air facility so please dress for the weather, bring mosquito protection in the summer, and wear sensible footwear for the 200 yard walk to the Observatory.  Program fees are collected on site for all programs and motor vehicle entry fee is waived for all Observatory night programs.

Directions - I-69 to exit 66 (M-l00 Potterville/Grand Ledge). Turn north on M-l00. Travel one mile north on M-100 to Gresham Hwy. Turn west onto Gresham Hwy.  Park entrance is down about one mile on the right.

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EVENTS:

If the sky is sufficiently clear, the Fox Park Observatory will open its doors for public observing.  Observation nights will not be held on nights with more than 30% cloud cover.  You may call the Observatory at             (517) 645-6666 during public viewing hours to check sky conditions.  

Public observation nights and solar viewing days are suitable for people of all ages.  Program fee is $2/person or $5/family payable on site.

The Observatory is an open air observatory so please dress appropriately for the weather, bring mosquito protection, and wear sturdy footwear for the 200 yard walk to the observatory.  

Local area astronomers will be on hand to answer questions about the night sky and solar viewing.

 

Public Viewing    June 24    9:30pm-Midnight

Solar Viewing     June 25    5:00pm-7:00pm

Public Viewing    June 25    9:30pm-Midnight        

Public Viewing    July 8      9:30pm-Midnight

Solar Viewing     July 9      5:00pm-7:00pm

Public Viewing    July 9      9:30pm-Midnight

Public Viewing    July 29    9:30pm-Midnight

Solar Viewing     July 30    5:oopm-7:00pm

Public Viewing    July 30    9:30pm-Midnight

 

 

CAMP UNDER THE STARS!

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STAR PARTY -  August 4-7, 2016

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Public Viewing    August 19    9:00pm-Midnight

Solar Viewing     August 20    5:00pm-7:00pm

Public Viewing    August 20    9:00pm - Midnight

 

Public Viewing    Sept 9         8:00pm-11:00pm

Public Viewing    Sept 10       8:00pm-11:00pm

Solar Viewing     Sept 11       2:00pm-4:00pm

Public Viewing    Sept 23       8:00pm-11:00pm

Public Viewing    Sept 24       8:00pm-11:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HISTORY

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. 

FEATURES
  • 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

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SUPPORT

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.

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PROGRAMS

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 jblanc@eatoncounty.org.

 

 

 

 

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