Below is the tentative calendar for 2021. 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.
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.
SAFETY PRECAUTION: Although masks are not required to attend Star Parties on or after July 24th, we are requiring that ALL NCDSA members and attendees wear a mask when physically looking through the telescopes. This will minimize potential cross contamination when using the eyepieces. Note, if you are a member or attendee that brings your own telescope, a mask is not required.