The Salem State University Collins Observatory


Observatory Status:

We had our last scheduled opening of Collins observatory for the spring session on Monday, May 5, 2014. The observatory opened at 7:00 PM, and remained open until midnight. We viewed Mars, and some of the other denizens of our solar system, including the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, the asteroid Vesta, and the asteroid Ceres. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves. We are now closed for public observing until the new school year begins in September, or unless some major celestial event occurs between now and then. I will post an opening date later in the summer. Until then, don’t be afraid to look up and see some of the marvels of the night sky.

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. We’re open during the school year from September
to May, and are closed on school holidays and when the school is on vacation.

The observatory now 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?

  • Jupiter is in Gemini, and is still putting on quite a show, but is drifting close to twilight.
  • Mars rises early in the evening. It’s still bright, but it is starting to fade. So get out to view it whenever you can, as it will be much dimmer in a month.
  • Saturn is high enough to view soon after full dark, and will soon be the premiere object of the night sky as Jupiter moves into the twilight.

Visit: Map
Located on Rt. 114, ( Lafayette St. ) in Salem, MA. Parking is tight – we suggest you use the 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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