The Salem State University Collins Observatory




Observatory Status: The weather services are calling for clouds moving in tonight, with showers to follow. That means we’re in a squeeze play. We’ll open Collins Observatory tonight, Monday, September 26, 2016, with the hope that the clouds hold off long enough to get some viewing in. If the front moves in early, we will shut down early. If you’re new to the university, or haven’t been up to the observatory before, check us out when we open. We’re on the roof of Meier Hall.

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, when the school is on vacation, and during the summer. It is also available for special group visits during the year.

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?

  • Mars and Saturn are low in the southwestern sky at sunset, but will be visible in for an hour or two each night in September. Keep in mind that they will continue to drop into the murky atmosphere as the month goes on. So their appearance will degrade.

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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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