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)
In 2017, for the eighth 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! The featured objects to see will include planet Saturn, and her moons, 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 five different TeleVue eyepieces. I commonly use the TeleVue 13 mm Ethos eyepiece with either scope. With this eyepiece there is 147x magnification with Ursa Minor and 185x magnification with Draco.
In the summer of 2017 there were 1241 viewers who attended the 38 dates that were clear for viewing. The eight year total is now 7878 viewers.
Click on the 2017 SCHEDULE link above to see the dates and times of last year's programs. A new schedule for 2018 will be posted after New Year's.
Both the Telescope Program and Full Moon Hikes will cancel if there is cloud cover. For cancellation due to clouds, visitors can call the Hurricane Ridge Road Hotline on the day of the program after 2 pm. (360) 565-3131