The Salem State University Collins Observatory

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Observatory Status: Collins Observatory will be open early this evening, Monday, November 4, 2019, to host a Girl Scout visit. After the visit, we will remain open until the clouds shut us down, or 10:00 PM, whichever comes first. So, for anyone other than the Girl Scouts, I would recommend that you wait until around 7:30 PM before coming up to visit, if the clouds hold off. However, you may still come up earlier, if you wish. Note: Next Monday, November 11, 2019 is Veterans Day, and the university is closed. Therefore, Collins Observatory will also be closed. We will reopen on Monday, November 18, 2019, 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?

  • Jupiter will not be visible when we normally open the observatory, and it will be some time before we can view it again.
  • Saturn will still be visible in the southwestern sky as soon as it gets dark enough for awhile longer. A small telescope will reveal a wealth of detail from both of them.
  • Uranus and Neptune may also be visible as soon as it gets dark enough, and if the moon doesn’t wash them out.
  • 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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