Welcome to NEKAAL (Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomers’ League Inc.)

To find out more about NEKAAL see who we are or schedule for info on attending one of our general meetings or public astronomy nights.

NEKAAL has an observatory in Northeast Kansas, named Farpoint Observatory. Come for a visit sometime.

Upcoming Events

Policy Update notice: All public astronomy nights at Farpoint will be canceled if it is raining or too cloudy. You can check within two hours of the event for status updates.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, general meetings and public observing sessions are cancelled until further notice.


  • Farpoint Observatory – Asteroid Research Summary
    NEKAAL continues to be an active amateur observatory that contributes to the orbit analysis of new, and known, asteroids. Farpoint’s first asteroid data was reported on January 27, 1998. All reported asteroid orbit data can be found at https://newton.spacedys.com/neodys/index.php?pc=2.1.2&o=734&ab=0 We are using the 27in Tombaugh telescope and a NEKAAL member’s Meade LX200 16in SCT with …
  • Comet 178P Returns
    The comet discovered by Graham Bell and I (C/1999 X1) at Farpoint in December 1999 and was subsequently number 178P by the Minor Planet Center has been recovered for the third time. Each orbit takes 7 years to go around the sun. This recovery image Is a stack of 20 – 30 second images taken …
  • Comet C/2019 Y4 disintegration
    Comet C/2019 Y4 held promise to be a spectacular comet, possibly visible to the naked eye in May 2020. Unfortunately as a lot of comets passing close to the sun, Comet C/2019 Y4 is beginning to disintegrate. This image of the comet was taken the evening of April 9th, (April 10 U.T.) with the Little …
  • Explore the universe from home
    Looking for something else fun to do? Check out NASA’s online activities, e-books and podcasts. Spot the International Space Station in your sky and apply to be an astronaut.
  • Correction for Farpoint's phone number, it is 785-203-8077

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