The Salem State University Collins Observatory




Observatory Status: Collins Observatory will be closed, Monday, February 19, 2018, as Salem State University is closed in celebration of President’s Day. We will reopen on Monday, February 26, 2018, weather permitting. Please note: If the weather cooperates, we will have another cub scout troop visiting at 6:30 PM as well on that evening, so it may be a bit crowded for a time after we open.

Please check back on this site for any changes or updates in the future.

Collins Observatory is normally open on CLEAR, or MOSTLY CLEAR Mondays from 7-10 PM, or later depending upon the time of sunset. We’re open during the school year from September to May, and are closed on school holidays, when the school is on vacation, and during the summer. It is also available for special group visits during the year.

The observatory houses a Meade 12-inch LX-200 ACF telescope, which does fairly well in the light polluted skies over Salem.

Please call the observatory at 978-542-6452, if you’re coming from a distance, as the weather is a bit unstable this close to the ocean.


What’s up tonight?

  • Uranus is currently in the southwestern sky as we open, and may be visible as twilight ends.
  • The minor planet Ceres is visible, and we may be able to view it.
  • M42 (The Great Orion Nebula) in the constellation of Orion is one of the best deep sky objects to observe, and will still be visible during the month of February.
  • The constellation Leo returns during the month of February, and it brings along a bunch of galaxies to find.
  • The moon will be visible during opening time for the next two weeks.

Visit: Map
Located on Rt. 114, ( Lafayette St. ) in Salem, MA. Parking is improving – we suggest you attempt to use the new parking garage in the lower student parking lot, or the street, which is RT. 114, in front of Meier Hall. Meier Hall is the second building from the faculty parking area “A”, and next to the school theater. Enter through the front door on RT. 114. Go down the hall to the back of the building and take a left. There is an elevator about thirty feet down from there on your right. Go on the elevator and press floor “P” (sixth floor). Turn right upon leaving the elevator. Turn left after the double hall doors and go out the glass doors to the roof. Take the stairs on the left to the observatory.

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