Private Reservations | Department of Physics – Astronomy Education Program

Private Reservations

Our Observatory is open for public and private Star Parties!

If you would like to make a reservation for a private event, please read the information below carefully. You are encouraged to request a reservation as far in advance as possible. We require AT LEAST 2 weeks notice for all reservations.

What's included?

  • Sky Tonight Tour - Constellation stories, navigating the night sky, and star-hopping
  • Dobsonian Telescope Operation - instruction on how to use the telescopes and find celestial objects
  • Domed Telescope Observation - You will be given access to our 6" and 8" refractors.
  • Open-Roof Telescope Observation: You will be given access to our open-roof telescope buildings which contain C14 and C8 telescopes outfitted with state of the art astrophotography and positioning equipment.

How much does it cost?

Minimum fee - $200, or $10 per guest, whichever is greater

How do I make a reservation?

Reservation requests can be made by sending an email to our Astronomy Coordinator at Please include the following information in your email:

  • Organization or Group name
  • Contact name/email/phone/fax
  • Age level
  • # of attendees
  • Preferred date and time
  • Alternate date and time

For more information please call (940)369-8213.