The Salem State University Collins Observatory




Observatory Status: Collins Observatory will be closed tonight, Monday, March 12, 2018, as the university is closed for Spring Recess, and the upcoming storm. We will reopen on Monday, March 19, 2018, weather permitting.

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 moving farther into the southwestern sky as we open, and is starting to get lost in the evening twilight, but may still be visible.
  • 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 is still visible during this month of March.
  • The constellation Leo rises well up into the night sky, and with it comes a rich field of dim galaxies.
  • Venus reappears as we open the observatory by the end of March.

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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