Coleman Observatory Opens Full Time

Wednesday, June 18 2003 @ 05:10 am EDT

Contributed by: bobmoody

Coleman Observatory has been a work in progress for AOAS since our beginnings in 1985. In 1995, we moved the observatory to its new location some 8 miles NW of Van Buren, AR. Our old 20' diameter dome has yet to be rebuilt, but construction is nearly complete on the new bathroom facility. First things (and most important things) first, right?

But in just a few weeks, by mid July, the observatory will begin 24/7 operation for the first time ever! As president of AOAS, I will be taking up residence at the observatory in a travel trailer owned by fellow member, Joe Roam. I need to do this to be closer to UAFS to continue my studies in journalism this fall and spring.

Please NOTE! The observatory is open full time to our members or the public as an OBSERVING AREA to set up your telescopes. I will cheerfully, willingly, happily set up for viewing with the public with 24 hours notice. Please don't ask me to get up out of bed to observe with NO NOTICE! I have to be fresh for my classes on certain days just as you need to be fresh for your work or classes.

This will allow EVERY MEMBER easy access to the site whenever they like. The concrete pads already in place make fine level areas for members to set up their scopes for observing. I'm proud to invite not just members, but anyone with an interest in astronomy and observing to come up and view as often as you desire. Don't have a scope? That's OK, with 24 hrs notice, we'll use mine or one of our club loaner scopes.

As someone who has "learned from scratch" I know how helpful it is to have someone who knows the sky to help you learn more. Please consider coming up to visit and observe whenever you'd like. All I ask is that you call our observatory number to schedule a time at least 24 hours in advance. That way, if I'm busy with any site projects, I'll have time to put away tools or clean up as needed, and be ready to observe when you arrive.

So, I extend an open invitation to all. Come on up to Coleman Observatory, and let's observe! CLICK HERE to pull up and print our site map if you're not familiar with the new location

(After July 15, 2003, call (479) 474-4740 (this # no longer in service) to schedule your observing with us, at least 24 hours ahead of time)

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