How long has it been since you saw the stars under a really dark sky? When the Milky Way actually looked like milk? And there were more stars than you could count.
Come to a Public Open House at Farpoint Observatory. NEKAAL members will be there to answer your questions, you'll feast your eyes on amazing sights, and have a great time.
Want to know more? Check out our Star Party page.
Driving instructions to Farpoint are located on our observatory page.
|March 5||7:30 p.m.|
|April 9||8:00 p.m.|
|May 7||9:00 p.m.|
|June 4||9:00 p.m.|
|June 25||9:00 p.m. (no board meeting)|
|July 9||9:00 p.m.|
|July 23||9:00 p.m. (no board meetings)|
|August 20||8:30 p.m.|
|September 24||7:30 p.m.|
|October 22||7:30 p.m.|
|November 19||7:30 p.m.|
Group tours or observing sessions are scheduled on an individual basis, by contacting the Astronomy Program Director.
If an Open House is canceled due to cloud cover, a message will be posted on the observatory phone (785-925-9260).
NEKAAL's General Meetings are the 4th Thursday of each month, with the exceptions of November (3rd Thursday) and December (date announced each year). Guests are always welcome to join us for the General Meetings and/or observing out at Farpoint.
These meetings are always open to the general public, free of charge. The meetings usually include speakers or presentations covering a wide range of topics relevant to astronomy.
General Meetings are held at the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, 10th and Washburn, unless otherwise noted
|January 28, 7pm||Russell Valentine||Introduction to wide-field astrophotography|
|February 25, 7pm||Telescope Workshop and Astronomy Forum|
|March 24, 7pm||Tom Field||Spectroscopy|
|April 28, 7pm||Graham Bell|
|May 26 7pm||Justin Prochaska||Black Holes|
|June 23, 7pm|
|July 28, 7 pm|
|August 25, 7 pm|
|September 22, 7 pm|
|October 27, 7 pm|
|November 17, 7 pm|
|December ??||Holiday Party||TBD||Potluck|
|January 9||2:00 p.m. / Perkins, Topeka|
|February 6||2:00 p.m. / Perkins, Topeka|
|March 5||5:30 p.m.|
|April 9||6:00 p.m.|
|May 7||7:00 p.m.|
|June 4||7:00 p.m.|
|July 9||7:00 p.m.|
|August 20||6:30 p.m.|
|September 24||5:30 p.m.|
|October 22||5:30 p.m.|
|November 19||5:30 p.m.|
Board meetings are scheduled for Saturdays. Generally Board meetings begin two hours before the public open house, at Farpoint, except in January and February which have no Open House. To recommend an addition to the agenda, Board Members or NEKAAL members may contact the Board Chair (Eric Dose) or President(Russell Valentine).