In 2023, for the 13th summer season, I led free public telescope viewing at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, 18 miles from Port Angeles, Washington. I hope to see you in the summer of 2024! Objects to see will include planetary nebula M57 (also known as the "Ring Nebula"), M31 (the Andromeda Galaxy) -- and many more.
We use three Dobsonian telescopes, and the newest is Corvus an Obsession 15 inch Ultra-Compact. We also use a pair of homemade Dobsonian telescopes. Ursa Minor has a 12.5 inch aperture, and Draco has a 20 inch mirror. I use TeleVue eyepieces and usually choose those that give around 115X magnification.
Last summer (2023) there were 1739 viewers at the programs with an average of 60 viewers per program.
Location: 47.9693 N, 123.4988 W
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 and look for signs showing you where to park. Even if the road is marked CLOSED, astronomy program attendees are allowed to drive up. Dress for cold. Telescope programs 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 Extension 1.
Artwork credit: Tyler Nordgren. This image is available as a poster. It is sold at the ONP Visitor Center Bookstore (Port Angeles)
Olympic Telescope Free Telescope Viewing Programs