Our Estes Park Memorial Observatory

EPMO-OB-JamesFrank2We are located in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado, entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park. We provide our community with a gateway into the sky.

Learn more about our history

The Estes Park Memorial Observatory is operated by the Angels Above Foundation and a group of dedicated volunteers who maintain the equipment and lead tours of the night sky from the observatory’s 16 foot dome. The observatory features a top of the line Paramount ME II robotic mount installed in March of 2014 along with a new computer system to run advanced observatory software.   The mount supports a new (June 2015) 16 inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope. The telescope, mount and dome are synchronized through the observatory software to provide robotic control that allows rapid and precise pointing to any deep space object in the night sky.

 

telescope & Mount

16″ RC Telescope on ME II Mount

A classroom within the observatory allows EPMO volunteers to conduct lectures regarding the basics of astronomy and features of planets, nebula and galaxies that the students or visitors will be observing when they move to the dome for hands-on viewing. The classroom is also used for lectures by visiting experts and members of the Estes Valley Astronomical Society. Such lectures describe recent space missions, general astronomy, cosmology, astrophotography and unique astronomical occurrences. 

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The Estes Park Memorial Observatory Telescope:

  • 16 inch Ritchey-Chretien f/8 TelescopeFull East View Ver 3
  • Paramount ME II Telescope Mount
  • SkyX Professional Edition Astronomy Software running on state-of-the-art PC
  • Computer control of telescope, mount and dome, adaptable to remote operation
  • TV projection from telescope to classroom monitors

The Observatory Facility

  • 60′ x 40′ warm room/conference area
  • 16′ diameter observatory dome
  • Concrete & steel pier for telescope mount
  • Small office, workshop, storage & lavatory
  • Constellation star wall
  • State-of-the-art audio/visual and Internet equipment

 

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Estes Park Clear Sky Chart

Estes Park Sky Map (SkyMaps.com)

What’s Up for December 2017

The Night Skys this Month

Cosmic Pursuits Link