Public Observing cancelled until further notice

Due to the ongoing public health crisis involving the spread of COVID-19 virus, the state has recommended the cancellation of large public gatherings. We will update our schedule as the situation changes. For now, we are not holding our scheduled events.

Cherry Springs Star Party

Registration is open for the June 18-21, 2020 star party at Cherry Springs State Park -

Introductory Observational Astronomy Course

Spring Course is cancelled due to COVID-19 virus outbreak.

Our six-week Introductory Observational Astronomy course will be held Wednesdays beginning the first weeks of April and September. Classes will be at the observatory from 7 to 9 pm, followed by informal observing with telescopes, weather permitting. Cost is $50 and includes a copy of Peterson’s Field Guide for Stars & Planets; an Edmund Scientific Star & Planet Locator planisphere and an ESSCO Star Chart. The course is limited to those 14 years and older. Please pass the word to your friends. Send a check to “ASH” c/o Bob Young, 224 Herr St., Harrisburg PA 17102. For more info contact Bob at

Membership - Join ASH

ASH Membership Benefits Include:

  • Access to the Naylor Observatory
  • Members only observation times
  • Monthly Stardust Newsletter
  • Use of the ASH Library and loaner telescopes / astronomy gear
  • Access to dark sky sites

We invite you and your family to visit Naylor Observatory on selected evenings this year. Come and observe the beauty of the moon, planets, double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies with your own eyes through our large telescopes. Admission is free.