1. What are Group Tours?
Group Tours to the James C. Veen Observatory are specific days and times when we open the facilities to local groups of any kind. We provide tours of the facilities and observations through the telescopes.
2. How do I schedule a Group Tour?
To schedule a Group Tour, please fill out the form available on this website.
3. What time are the Group Tours held?
Times are arranged between the group leader and the person scheduling the group.
4. Is there a fee for Group Tours?
The fee for Group Tours to the Observatory is $50 per night scheduled.
5. What will we see?
In addition to tours of the facilities, there is an audio-visual presentation about the Association and the Observatory.
Depending on the month and time of the year, and what is above the horizon, you will observe a variety of objects through the telescopes, including the moon, the planets of the solar system, galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters.
6. How do we get to the James C. Veen Observatory?
Directions to the Veen Observatory can be found via a map on this website. There will be signs posted on the main road to the Observatory that will point to the parking area.
There is a parking lot at the bottom of the hill, and you will be directed to park in the lower lot. There is an approximately 1/4 mile walk up the road to the observatory.
Although the Observatory road is lighted for group visits, it is suggested you bring a flashlight.
7. Do I need to bring anything?
A flashlight is suggested, as it is kept as dark as possible on the observatory grounds. Dark skies and surroundings are the only way to observe and appreciate the wonders of the Universe. If you have binoculars, bring them.
Some type of insect repellent is also suggested. The Observatory is located in a wooded area. A jacket might also be optional.
Even thought the GRAAA owns and operates the Veen Observatory, it is on private property. We please ask parents to watch their children. It is dark at the observatory, and any running or horseplay could result in unforeseen injuries.
There is a restroom available on the premises, and water for those individuals needing it.
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