Sept 19: Tonight's open house is CANCELED due to cloudy weather forecasted for later this evening. We have RESCHEDULED for tomorrow, Saturday, Sept 20 at the same time! Please call 243-4299 before you head up the mountain tomorrow.
Explore planets, nebulae and distant galaxies during free public observing nights this summer at the Blue Mountain Observatory. The events are family-friendly, and children are welcome.
August 22 9:30pm
September 19 8:45pm
Please read more about open houses before heading up the mountain!
Built in 1970 the Blue Mountain Observatory houses a 16" Boller and Chivens f/18 Cassegrain telescope on a permanent, equatorial mount inside an Ash Dome. Electrical power is supplied by a generator housed in a separate building.
The observatory is only open during the public observing nights. The drive is approximately 12 miles of gravel road and takes approximately 45 minutes from the turnoff to the Blue Mountain recreation area. Once there, expect a roughly 0.3 mile walk from the parking area at the lookout.