Public Observing

Here is the 2016 Public Observing schedule.  You can download a PDF version.

The 2017 Public Observing Program

The Astronomical Society of Harrisburg (ASH)

Naylor Observatory, 670 Observatory Drive, Lewisberry PA

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. We are more than 100 amateur astronomers from the Harrisburg area who belong to ASH, a non-profit organization founded in 1955. Admission is free. As a non-profit organization we welcome your donations to help keep our Observatory open to the public. Weather conditions determine if we will be open on a scheduled date. Only one of four nights are clear enough to use our telescopes. We cannot predict which nights will be clear when we make up this schedule. If it is overcast or raining, we will not be open. If in doubt, call (717) 938-6041 after sunset.

GETTING TO NAYLOR

Finding Naylor Observatory safely without getting lost is easier if you plan to arrive before it becomes completely dark. We unlock our gate shortly after sunset. Do not come earlier. There is no on-street parking. If you park at the gate entrance we can’t get in to unlock the gate. WATCH OUT FOR DEER!! Deer commonly run across the hilly roads leading to the Observatory and can collide with your vehicle. The following directions are not the shortest local routes to the Observatory, but allow you to turn into our driveway from Observatory Drive without having to make a blind left turn across traffic.

Directions from Harrisburg: Take I-83 South to the exit marked Lewisberry Road, PA-114 Exit (New Exit 39A, Old Exit 18). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left and go West on PA-114 (Lewisberry Road) for 3.3 miles. At this point there is a fork in Lewisberry Road near Mt. Zion Church. Take the left branch which continues as Lewisberry Road and PA-382. Take PA-382 South for 1.0 miles to where it crosses School House lane. Turn right on School House Lane. (A small white church named Deliverance Tabernacle is on the left where you turn.) Drive 0.5 miles down School House Lane until it ends intersecting Brenneman Drive. Turn left on Brenneman Drive and go 0.1 miles until you reach the first road on your right which is Seitz Drive. Turn right on Seitz Drive and go 0.9 miles until you reach the first road on your right which is Siddonsburg Road. Turn right on Siddonsburg Road and go .4 miles to Observatory Drive. Turn right on Observatory Drive and go .6 miles. Our driveway in on the right immediately AFTER passing two brick columns marking our neighbor’s paved driveway. Turn right into the next unpaved driveway marked by a large white sign, red ground lights, and two wooden posts. If you turned onto an asphalt paved driveway between two brick columns, STOP IMMEDIATELY! Don’t drive up to our neighbor’s house. This activates his garage lights and spoils the viewing for visitors already at Naylor. Backup and find our driveway. Use parking lights only while on our driveway. Park on the grass on the left side of our driveway. Sign in at the Asper Building before going to the telescopes. Continue to be mindful of your child’s location.

Directions from Mechanicsburg: Take PA-114 East through Lisburn. Turn right on PA-382. Follow the “Harrisburg” directions from this point.

Directions from York: Take I-83 North to the exit marked Newberrytown, PA-382 Exit (New Exit 32, Old Exit 13). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left on PA-382. Go North on PA-382 to Lewisberry. Pass through the flashing light at the intersection with PA-177. Continue on PA-382 for another 1.5 miles until you reach Brenneman Drive. Turn left on Brenneman Drive and go 0.3 miles to the first road on your left which is Seitz Drive. Turn left on Seitz Drive and follow the “Harrisburg” directions from this point.

 

The Naylor Observatory 2017 Public Observing Program

 

Date

Gate Opens

Observing Time Ends

Prominent

Constellations

What's in the sky

March 19, 2017

7:30 PM

10:30 PM

The Spring

Constellations:

Bootes, Cancer,

Crater, Hydra, Leo,

Virgo

Mars, Uranus

Saturday

April 29, 2017

8:30 PM

10:30 PM

Astronomy Day!

Mars, Jupiter

May 14, 2017

8:30 PM

10:30 PM

Mars, Jupiter

May 21, 2017

8:30 PM

10:30 PM

Mars, Jupiter

June 11, 2017

9:00 PM

10:30 PM

Jupiter

June 18, 2017

9:00 PM

10:30 PM

Jupiter, Saturn

July 2, 2017

9:00 PM

10:30 PM

The Summer

Constellations:

Aquila, Cygnus,

Hercules, Lyra,

Ophiuchus, Sagittarius,

Scorpius

Jupiter, Saturn

July 9, 2017

9:00 PM

10:30 PM

Jupiter, Saturn

July 16, 2017

9:00 PM

10:30 PM

Jupiter, Saturn

July 30, 2017

8:30 PM

10:30 PM

Jupiter, Saturn

August 6, 2017

8:15 PM

10:30 PM

Jupiter, Saturn

August 13, 2017

8:15 PM

10:30 PM

Jupiter, Saturn

August 27, 2017

8:00 PM

10:30 PM

The Fall

Constellations:

Andromeda, Aquarius,

Capricornus, Pegasus,

Pisces

Jupiter, Saturn

September 10, 2017

7:30 PM

10:30 PM

Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune

Saturday

September 30, 2017

7:30 PM

10:30 PM

Fall Astronomy Day!

Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune

October 8, 2017

6:30 PM

10:00 PM

The Winter Constellations:

Orion, Canis Major,

Taurus, Auriga,

Perseus, Gemini,

the Pleides

Saturn, Neptune

November 12, 2017

5:00 PM

9:00 PM

Mercury (early evening), Saturn,

Uranus, Neptune

 

We are only open when the sky is clear enough to use the telescopes.

If in doubt, call 938‐6041 for a recorded message beginning 30 minutes before sunset.

 

 

Naylor Observatory, 670 Observatory Drive, Lewisberry Pa.

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Clear Sky Chart for Harrisburg area

Clear Sky Chart for Edward Naylor Observatory