Naylor Observatory Public Observing - Ended for 2019

Our public observing events are over for 2019. We will start up again in the Spring.

Introductory Observational Astronomy Course

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 $45 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.

Learn to use your new telescope

The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg is hosting a "Learn to use your new telescope" event on January 4th at the Trails and Trees Environmental Center in Mechanicsburg, PA. The event is free, but you need to register via this EventBrite link, space is limited. We have three sessions scheduled for January 4th, at 5, 6 and 7pm. Only 1 ticket needed per telescope. 1-4 people can attend per ticket.