Below is the tentative calendar for 2018. Dates may be changed due to viewing conditions at any time. We will try to update this page to inform you ahead of time if any event has been postponed. You are welcome to call the Newaygo County Dark Sky Astronomers secretary (at the Newaygo Conservation District) at 231-924-2060 Ext. #5 for more information at any time.

*Weather permitting. Admission for Star Party Open House is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for 17 and younger, and free for children under 5 years of age.

Come equipped. Flashlights will be helpful for finding your way around in the dark, but should be kept directed toward the ground so as not to interfere with observing activities. Insect repellent and warm clothing (particularly for feet, head and hands) are strongly encouraged during appropriate seasons. Parts of the observatory are heated and cooled but the main telescope area in the building is open to the night air.

Please keep in mind that the quality of your observation will depend on weather and viewing conditions. SFW Observatory can not guarantee pre-scheduled events when conditions are not suitable. With every event we automatically schedule a make-up date. If the make-up date does not work out as well, we will reschedule again. Thank you for your understanding.

Due to liability, no pets are allowed at the observatory.

DSA = Newaygo County Dark Sky Astronomers

All events will take place at the observatory unless otherwise noted.

Dark Sky Astronomers 2018 Meeting Schedule
All meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm

February 17, 3:00 pm at KFEC in Lab B
March 17, 3:00 pm at KFEC in Lab B
April 21, 5:00 pm at the Observatory
May 19, 7:00 pm at the Observatory
June 16, 7:00 pm at the Observatory
July 14, 7:00 pm at the Observatory
August 18, 7:00 pm at the Observatory
September 15, 7:00 pm at the Observatory
October 13, 7:00 pm at the Observatory
November 10, 5:00 pm at the Observatory

As always, all guests are welcome to attend any of our meetings to learn about our organization and to participate in our celestial activities.

Dark Sky Astronomers Members Only – 2018 Special Events

Saturday, May 12; Quadruple Conjunction at MAS from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, Potluck dinner at 7:00
(viewing after if clear)

Thurs - Sun, Sept 6-9; Great Lakes Star Gaze in Gladwin MI


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Stephen F. Wessling Observatory is located at 6523 West Baseline Road, Fremont, Michigan 49412 -- Newaygo Conservation District -- Phone: 231924-2060 Ext. #5