The Salem State University Collins Observatory

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Observatory Status: Collins Observatory will open tonight, Monday, January 27, 2020, at 6:30 PM, for a Brownie visit. We will remain open to see if the skies clear any this evening. If they don’t we will close early. If you do plan to come up, please try to delay your visit until after 7:30 PM, so that we can have sufficient time for the brownies. 

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?

  • Uranus may be visible as soon we open, and if the moon doesn’t wash it out on a night that it is visible.
  • M42 in Orion is prominent in the evening sky now, along with many other winter objects.
  • 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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