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 14||8:00 p.m.|
|April 11||8:30 p.m.|
|May 9||9:00 p.m.|
|June 6||9:00 p.m.|
|June 20||9:00 p.m. (no board meeting)|
|July 11||9:00 p.m.|
|August 8||8:30 p.m.|
|September 12||8:30 p.m.|
|October 10||7:30 p.m.|
|November 7||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 (785-806-2070).
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 22, 7pm||NEKAAL Members||Astronomy and Telescopes 101|
|February 26, 7pm||Wayne Page||Building Strawberry Patch Observatory|
|March 26, 7pm||Graham Bell||Time: Real or an Illusion|
|April 23, 7pm||Janelle Burgardt|
|May 28 7pm||Russell Valentine||Summer Sky|
|June 25, 7pm||Russell Valentine||Basic operation of NEKAAL's 14” Meade LX200GPS|
|July 23, 7 pm||Eric Dose||How I started observing with the Astronomical League|
|August 27, 7 pm||Justin Prochaska||Automated Collimation|
|September 19, 6 pm||NEKAAL Picnic||Potluck At Farpoint Observatory|
|October 22, 7 pm||Graham Bell||What We Are Learning About Pluto|
|November 19, 7 pm||Graham Bell||History of Astronomy at KU and Farpoint|
|December ??||Holiday Party||TBD||Potluck|
The weekends closest to new moon are reserved for observing by NEKAAL members. Requests to schedule the observatory for another purpose on these dates should be directed to the Astronomy Program Director.
|January 3||2:00 p.m. / Perkins, Topeka|
|February 7||2:00 p.m. / Perkins, Topeka|
|March 14||6:00 p.m.|
|April 11||6:30 p.m.|
|May 9||7:00 p.m.|
|June 6||7:00 p.m.|
|July 11||7:00 p.m.|
|August 8||6:30 p.m.|
|September 12||6:30 p.m.|
|October 10||5:30 p.m.|
|November 7||5:30 p.m.|
2015 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).