Ashton Observatory is open to the public Saturday evenings, April through October. Free admission. Programs begin at 8:00 p.m. (click HERE for map) This year Saturday, April 29, however, will be an invitation-only fundraiser organized by Jasper County who operates the Ashton-Wildwood county park were Ashton Observatory is located. All other Saturdays will be a normal public night at the Observatory.
The Des Moines Astronomical Society, Inc. (DMAS) is here to promote interest in astronomy, and to share opportunities for viewing the night sky. Our Ashton Observatory is home to two 16 inch diameter telescopes. From there you will be able to see the Milky Way and study the deep space objects that are so fascinating, guided by the friendly, enthusiastic and experienced members of DMAS.
Click here to download a monthly target list or star chart, and to learn more about what you can see with your naked eye, or through a telescope this month. Each day the sky advances a bit towards the west. Everything moves 30 degrees per month. It's always a new sky, night after night.
Click here to learn more about scheduling an event for your group. April through October, Ashton Observatory is open to the public every Saturday night, or may be available for private groups on other days. Join us for a night under the stars. Look through our telescopes and see the wonders of the universe! We enjoy sharing our hobby with everyone.