Artwork credit:  Tyler NordgrenThis image is available as a poster. It is sold at the ONP Visitor Center Bookstore (Port Angeles)

Olympic Telescope  Free Telescope Viewing Programs

Note: No reservations are needed.  The programs are free, but you must pay an fee upon entering Olympic National Park.  Meet at the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.  There is plenty of parking.  Dress for cold.

In 2018, for the ninth consecutive summer, I will lead free public telescope viewing at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park,   18 miles from Port Angeles, Washington.  I hope to see you next summer!  It will be a special summer for planets with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn out most of the summer.  Other featured 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 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 2018 SCHEDULE link above to see the dates and times of this year's programs. 

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