The Von Braun Astronomical Society presents Night At The Observatory
The Night At The Observatory program offers guests an opportunity to direct an observing and imaging session using the historic Swanson 21” telescope within the Monte Sano State Park.
Attendees to the session will help choose celestial targets, take photos of these targets, and will leave with copies of the images recorded that night.
Location: Monte Sano State Park, 5105 Nolen Ave. SE Huntsville, Al 35801
Dates/Times: Sunday – Thursday 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Duration: 4 Hours (no earlier than sunset/no later than midnight)
Includes: Light refreshments during the break and a USB thumb drive containing all images taken during the session.
Cost: $250 for a group of up to six guests (additional guests may be added for $50 per person with a maximum of twelve total)
Sessions may be postponed due to weather up to the final hour at the discretion of the operator. Sessions will be rescheduled to an alternate mutually agreeable date, or, sessions may proceed without observing, in which case a tour of the observatory, including how the telescope operates and a review of some prior images can be provided. In general, cloud cover predictions are rather accurate within 24 hours prior to a session, giving sufficient notice to coordinate a new date if needed.
Our facilities are located on a mountain just East of Huntsville in Monte Sano State Park as shown in the map’s upper right corner. At the park’s entrance, a fee is normally charged unless you tell them that you are going to a VBAS event! Once in the park, follow the road to the left at the first intersection until you reach VBAS’ entrance on the left just before the overlook in the park.
From downtown, take Hwy 431 (a.k.a Governors Drive) towards Guntersville until you reach the traffic signal at the top of the mountain, then follow the signs to Monte Sano State Park which will take you up and across the mountain on Monte Sano Boulevard, then right on Nolen Avenue to the park’s entrance.
For Private Tours or Groups, please send all requests through our Contact page.