The Salem State University Collins Observatory

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Observatory Status: The repairs on the roof of Meier Hall should be almost finished, but aren’t quite there yet. So, Collins Observatory is still closed for now. I will make another announcement when I get the all clear signal, and I have a reopening date. 

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?

  • The summer constellations are still prominent, but the fall constellations are taking over the night sky.
  • Jupiter is too low in the western sky as we open to be visible, and will be lost in the solar glare later this month of October. So we must say goodbye for now.
  • Saturn has moved into the southwestern skies, but still shows off its spectacular rings, even in a small telescope, or moderate power binoculars.
  • Mars is much dimmer now than its brightest point at the end of July, but is still bright, and easily seen in binoculars or small telescopes.
  • Uranus and Neptune should be visible as twilight ends, and the observing conditions permit.

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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