The Salem State University Collins Observatory




Observatory Status: 

Public observing nights at Collins Observatory have now ended for the summer. We will be doing some needed repairs during that time frame. We will reopen on Monday, September 14, 2015, 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. 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.

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?

  • Summer is a great time to view galaxies with binoculars and telescopes, though you will have to move away from the lights.
  • Saturn will rule the nighttime during the summer.
  • Venus and Jupiter are now moving apart, but there’s still time to view them, as they are still be visible in the western sky. Look for the two brightest objects in the western evening twilight. Venus is the brightest and Jupiter is the second brightest. Binoculars will easily show Jupiter’s brightest moons.

Visit: Map
Located on Rt. 114, ( Lafayette St. ) in Salem, MA. Parking is tight – we suggest you use the student parking lot (the student lot is closed until at least November 2015, while a parking garage is built), 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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