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Fox Park Public Observatory

LOCATION - 3979 E. Gresham Hwy., Potterville, MI 48876

The Observatory is located inside Fox Park in the far northwest corner of the park past the beach area and new restroom facility. This is an open air facility so please dress for the weather, bring mosquito protection in the summer, and wear sensible footwear for the 200 yard walk to the Observatory.  Program fees are collected on site for all programs and motor vehicle entry fee is waived for all Observatory night programs.

Directions - I-69 to exit 66 (M-l00 Potterville/Grand Ledge). Turn north on M-l00. Travel one mile north on M-100 to Gresham Hwy. Turn west onto Gresham Hwy.  Park entrance is down about one mile on the right.

Fox Park Public Observatory Brochure                             Dark Sky Resolution/Policy  

Fox Park Observatory featured in Spring edition of Michigan Home and Lifestyle magazine - click here to view article in PDF format.



Solar Viewing ExplorationSun 

Come out to Observatory on Sundayy, July 13, August 17 and September 14from 2-4 p.m. to view our closet star - the Sun.

Participants will use a solar scope and filters to safely view the Sun's surface, spying spots and solar flares. Program fee is $2 per person or $5 per family.

 

 

 

National Astonomy Day


 Public Viewing and

Astrophotography Nights

June 15, 22 & 29
9 pm—Midnight

July 12 & 26
9 pm—Midnight

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9 pm—Midnight

September 13 & 27
8 pm—Midnight

Public observation nights will not be held on nights with more than 30% cloud cover. Program fee is $2 per person or $5 per family. You may call the Observatory at 517-645-6666 during public viewing hours to check sky conditions or visit the Observatory's Facebook page - Fox Park Observatory - for public viewing updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HISTORY

The Fox Park Public Observatory was built entirely with donations and contributions from Lansing area businesses and opened its doors for public viewing the fall of 1999.  The Observatory was run by a dedicated group of amateur astronomers in conjunction with the Capital Area Astronomy Association (CAAA) for many years.  When the CAAA could no longer financially support the Observatory, ownership of the Observatory was turned over to the Eaton County Parks Department.

The emphasis at the Observatory is hands-on observing, CCD imaging, astrophotography, the hunt for galaxies, globular star clusters, nebulae, asteroids, comets, and studying the planets and moons in our solar system. Public viewing nights are lead by amateur astronomers who donate their time to make the beauty of the night sky accessible to everyone. 

FEATURES
  • 30'x30' Open Air Observatory10'X30' Control Room
  • Meade 16" LX200 "Classic" Computer Controlled Telescope
  • Two Meade 12" LX200 "Classic" Computer Controlled Telescopes
  • Two Portable 10" Dobsonian Telescopes
  • Two 10x50mm Orion Scenix Binoculars

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SUPPORT

Please help support the Observatory by becoming a Friend of Eaton County Parks.  The Friends group provides financial support for equipment maintenance and enhancement at the Observatory allowing us to continue to provide public observation nights and other special viewing events.

The Friends of Eaton County Parks is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all dues and donations are tax deductible.

 

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PROGRAMS

Eaton County Parks Naturalist, Jackie Blanc, is available by appointment to do astronomy programs/tours for interested groups either on site at the Observatory or at your facility or classroom. Groups may also attend any public viewing night. To arrange a program, please call 517-627-7351 ext. 23 or e-mail jblanc@eatoncounty.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parks Department Calendar

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