Special Viewing Night on the 36" Telescope

Our research-grade 36-inch (0.9m) telescope is a powerful window on the universe, providing outstanding views of planets, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. 

Targets vary with season, but some of our favorites are planets such as Jupiter and Saturn, globular clusters such as M13 and nebulae such as M42 (the Orion Nebula). We’re also sure to visit some galaxies far, far away! The program is designed to provide views of a wide variety of types of objects to give visitors a taste of all the Universe has to offer.

The Special Viewing Night is limited to 14-15 people, features approximately 10 to 15 targets and lasts 3-3.5 hours. The intimate setting, small group size and amazing views make the Special Viewing Night on the 36” telescope a favorite among visitors and staff alike!

The 36" Telescope is located near the summit of Mt. Locke. Overnight accomodations at the Astronomers Lodge may be available for participants. We will connect you to the lodge to book a room if you are interested.

Before you sign up, be sure to check out our remote location.

If you are attending more than one program at the Observatory, please book your SVN  as a separate reservation to ensure you receive the proper program documentation for all reserved programs. 

The 0.9-meter (36-inch) Telescope at McDonald Observatory. Credit: Kevin Mace/Mc

0.9-meter (36-inch) Telescope, Dome

36" Special Viewing Night IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Please note that the 36-inch dome is NOT wheelchair accessible. This program involves the use of a step ladder and takes place in a space with low levels of illumination.
  • It is NOT possible to participate in both a Star Party and a Special Viewing Night program on the same night. 
  • Due to program length and environment, this program is recommended for those over 10 years old. Families with children under 10-years-old are encouraged to attend our Star Party program.

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