Note: No reservations are needed. The programs are free, but you must pay a fee to enter Olympic National Park. Meet at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center where there is plenty of parking. Dress for cold. Both Telescope Programs and Full Moon Hikes cancel if conditions are cloudy -- you can call the Hurricane Ridge Road Hotline on the day of the program after 2 p.m. for programs status. (360) 565-3131
In 2018, for the ninth consecutive summer, I led free public telescope viewing at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, 18 miles from Port Angeles, Washington. I hope to see you next summer! Saturn will be a featured target, and other objects to see will include globular cluster M13, planetary nebula M57 (also known as the "Ring Nebula"), M31 (the Andromeda Galaxy) -- and many more.
I use a pair of homemade Dobsonian telescopes. Ursa Minor has a 12.5 inch aperture, and Draco has a 20 inch mirror. I use seven different TeleVue eyepieces. I commonly use the TeleVue 17 mm Ethos eyepiece with either scope. With this eyepiece there is 112x magnification with Ursa Minor and 142x magnification with Draco.
In the summer of 2018 there were 1674 viewers who attended the 34 dates that were clear for viewing. The nine year total is now 9551 viewers.
Olympic Telescope Free Telescope Viewing Programs
Artwork credit: Tyler Nordgren. This image is available as a poster. It is sold at the ONP Visitor Center Bookstore (Port Angeles)