Saturday Public Nights have begun at Ashton Observatory. DMAS opens the observatory to the public from April through October. Programs begin at 8:00 p.m.
Are you curious about astronomy? Have you ever been amazed at what you saw in a truly dark sky? Would you like to see that? If so, you've come to the right place!
The Des Moines Astronomical Society, Inc. (DMAS) is here to promote interest in astronomy, and to share opportunities for viewing the night sky. DMAS also runs the Ashton Observatory north of Des Moines, home to two 16 inch diameter telescopes. From Ashton Observatory you will be able to see the Milky Way, and study the deep space objects that are so fascinating.
Each Saturday night, April through October, DMAS opens Ashton Observatory to the public. Come, bring your family and friends, and see the night sky like you’ve never seen before, 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.