The Charles and Kathryn Heide Schoolyard Observatory at Hawthorn Hollow features a Meade LX200 – ACF 16″ telescope on an Alt-Az mount in an automated dome as well as two mounts for smaller telescopes outside the dome. The observatory hosts daytime and nighttime field trips & classes, scout merit badge workshops as well as star parties. Please send inquiries or requests for events to:
observatory@hawthornhollow.org

Events This Week

Beneath the Cosmos

Mondays / Fridays (weather permitting)
Septemeber 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28

Relax in a zero-gravity chair while we guide you through the night sky, using our laser pointer to show you stars, planets, constellations, galaxies, and other objects of interest, while explaining their relationships and significance. Each 90-minute tour will be confirmed on the observatory website 24 hours before scheduled according to the cloud cover forecast (< 30%) and will then be open for registration until 6:00 pm the day of. 

Safety Precautions: During events, 6-foot social distancing will be maintained, and wearing a facial mask will be required. Chairs will be sanitized before and after each use. Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather, and insect repellent is highly recommended. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/115910195515 or by calling (262) 552-8196.

Through the Lens

Tuesday / Thursdays (weather permitting)
September 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29

Take turns looking through our 16-inch telescope at binary stars, dim planets, distant galaxies, and other sky objects. Between individual views in the observatory dome, receive a guided sky tour standing outside under the stars to appreciate the broader picture of what you see through the telescope. Each 90-minute session will be confirmed on the observatory website 24 hours before scheduled according to the cloud cover forecast (< 30%) and will then be open for registration until 6:00 pm the day of. 

Safety Precautions: During events, 6-foot social distancing will be maintained, and wearing a facial mask will be required. Telescope eyepiece and ladder handles will be sanitized before and after each use. Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather, and insect repellent is highly recommended. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/116615691673 or by calling (262) 552-8196.

Wine Wednesdays Under the Stars

Wednesdays (weather permitting)
September 16th, 30th

Relax in a zero-gravity chair with your own wine or beverage you bring while we guide you through the night sky, using our laser pointer to show you stars, planets, constellations, galaxies, and other objects of interest, while explaining their relationships and significance. Each 90-minute tour will be confirmed on the observatory website 24 hours before scheduled according to the cloud cover forecast (< 30%) and will then be open for registration until 6:00 pm the day of.
Safety Precautions: During events, 6-foot social distancing will be maintained, and wearing a facial mask will be required. Telescope eyepiece and ladder handles will be sanitized before and after each use. Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather, and insect repellent is highly recommended.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1223485141356718 or by calling (262) 552-8196.
Register for a 90-minute session block on Wednesday inside the 24-hour window prior to the confirmed session by e-mailing observatory@hawthornhollow.org with the names of the ticket holders planning to attend. Only attendees over 21 years old allowed.

Kids Under the Stars

Wednesdays (weather permitting)
Septemeber 9th, 23rd

Did you know that you can see planets, stars, and galaxies in our night sky with your own eyes?
Bring your family and come take turns looking through our 16-inch telescope at binary stars, dim planets, distant galaxies, and other sky objects. Learn about these objects, their distances, sizes, and orbits as we take you on a two-hour tour of the night sky (though we will remain firmly on the ground). Space is limited to 10 total individuals so reserve your tickets early.

Safety Precautions: During events, 6-foot social distancing will be maintained, and wearing a facial mask will be required. Telescope eyepiece and ladder handles will be sanitized before and after each use. Dress appropriately for nighttime outdoor weather, and insect repellent is highly recommended.

Buy tickets online or by calling (262) 552-8196.