The Salem State University Collins Observatory

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Observatory Status: I’m sorry for the late announcement, but I wanted to see what the clouds were doing. As of now, it looks as though it will remain mostly cloudy over Salem for the next few hours. Therefore, Collins Observatory will be closed tonight, Monday, October 16, 2017. We will reopen next Monday, October 23, 2017, weather permitting. Please note that the observatory will also be closed on Monday, October 30, 2017, due to the Halloween activities in Salem that week.

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.

Notes:

What’s up tonight?

  • Saturn sits in the south southwestern sky for September, and will be our planetary go-to object.

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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