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Chris Johnson Astronomy Welcome



We are a non-profit group of amateur astronomers who share our passion for astronomy through public star parties. Our star parties are the fourth Friday (NOT necessarily the last Friday) of the month at the Nature Conservancy on Genoa Lane.




The star parties are FREE to everyone! Come out at take a look through our telescopes at what is in our night sky. 


The star parties begin at 7 pm or sunset, whichever is later. In winter, the sun sets early, so we begin at 7. In summer, the sun doesn't set until 9 pm, so it wouldn't do much good to be out there at 7. :)


Star parties are dependent on the weather. If the sky is cloudy, the star party will be cancelled. The underside of clouds are pretty boring through a telescope at night.


When you arrive at the Nature Conservancy, please follow these easy requests:


When you pull into the parking lot, please turn off your headlights. The white headlights are blinding to people who are looking through telescopes. Naturally, if you cannot see to park, please leave your lights on, but turn them off at your earliest convenience.


You are welcome to bring a flashlight, but please put a red lens on it, or use a red light. White flashlights, just like headlights, are blinding to people. 


Everybody is welcome, and we really enjoy showing children the skies, but parents please monitor your children. The telescopes sit on tripods, and children running in the dark can knock over our telescopes causing irreparable damage.


ASK QUESTIONS!!!! There is no such thing as a bad question! If you want to know something, ask us. We love to talk about astronomy!


We look forward to you joining us at the Nature Conservancy.


Here are our Star Parties for 2017:


January 27th

February 24th

March 24th

April 28th

May 26th

June 23rd

July 28th

August 25th

September 22nd

October 27th

November 17th


Next Telescope Viewing: 


April 28th.

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Starting Time: 8:30 pm


Weather: Clear Skies!!!!!


Moon: Waxing Crescent (2 days past new)




March 24th.

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Weather: Overcast & Freezing


Moon: n/a