RFO

For Detailed Information

To learn more about events
listed here, see
Star Parties
and Classes

 

Where we are:

Nestled in the hills of
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Longitude: West 122° 30' 28"
Latitude: North 38° 26' 18"
Elevation: 1275'

Map and Directions

 

Current sky conditions:

Clear Sky Chart

 

What to Wear:

Warm layers, gloves and hats. Wool socks and sturdy shoes are helpful. Nights can be very cold. Bring a flashlight. We will provide red cellophane covers to protect your night vision.

 

RFO Calendar

Upcoming RFO Events

Monthly Listing of Public Events and Classes

July 2019
  • Monday, 7/1/2019 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #3 of 6)
      Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Tuesday, 7/16/2019 - Camping in Space
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Join RFO as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11! We will have a lecture then open the telescopes to view the moon and several planets. The lecture will discuss how the astronauts traveled to the moon in a "space tent" -- the Command Module -- about the same size as an average campground tent. Upon arrival at the moon, two of the astronauts landed and performed a lunar "hike", then back to the Command Module for the trip home. The way we use camping tents today is similar -- safe portable habitats designed for exploration into the unknown!
  • Monday, 7/22/2019 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #4 of 6)
      Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Saturday, 7/27/2019 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 7/27/2019 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory's three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.

      $5.00 per adult, under 18 FREE.
      (Plus State Park Parking Fee $10.00 per vehicle.)
  • Monday, 7/29/2019 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #5 of 6)
      Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.

August 2019
  • Friday, 8/2/2019 - What's Up
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight (at -)
    • If you've ever looked up at the stars overhead and wondered what else is up there, the Robert Ferguson Observatory's "Whats Up?" program is designed for you! The event will feature a talk on objects in our local galaxy, the Milky Way, and very deep space objects beyond, plus you will get plenty of time at the telescope eyepieces. Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Saturday, 8/3/2019 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 8/3/2019 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory's three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.

      $5.00 per adult, under 18 FREE.
      (Plus State Park Parking Fee $10.00 per vehicle.)
  • Saturday, 8/24/2019 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 8/24/2019 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory's three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.

      $5.00 per adult, under 18 FREE.
      (Plus State Park Parking Fee $10.00 per vehicle.)
  • Monday, 8/26/2019 - Night Sky Summer Series
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #6 of 6)
      Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Friday, 8/30/2019 - Focus Night: Saturn
    Time: 7:30 PM - 12 Midnight (at -)
    • SATURN... a world that continues to dazzle and mystify. This iconic planet, sixth from the Sun, is home to an orbiting array of intriguing and unique worlds of its own. Come learn about this fascinating planetary system and discover the summer sky. Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.

September 2019
  • Monday, 9/23/2019 - Night Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #1 of 6)
      Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Thursday, 9/26/2019 - What's Up
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight (at -)
    • If you've ever looked up at the stars overhead and wondered what else is up there, the Robert Ferguson Observatory's "Whats Up?" program is designed for you! The event will feature a talk on objects in our local galaxy, the Milky Way, and very deep space objects beyond, plus you will get plenty of time at the telescope eyepieces. Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Friday, 9/27/2019 - Observing Lab
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • -
  • Saturday, 9/28/2019 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 9/28/2019 - Public Star Party
    Time: 8 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory's three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.

      $5.00 per adult, under 18 FREE.
      (Plus State Park Parking Fee $10.00 per vehicle.)
  • Monday, 9/30/2019 - Night Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #2 of 6)
      Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.

October 2019
  • Tuesday, 10/1/2019 - Observing Lab (Rain Check)
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight (at -)
    • -
  • Saturday, 10/5/2019 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 10/5/2019 - Public Star Party
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory's three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.

      $5.00 per adult, under 18 FREE.
      (Plus State Park Parking Fee $10.00 per vehicle.)
  • Monday, 10/21/2019 - Night Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #3 of 6)
      Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Thursday, 10/24/2019 - What's Up
    Time: 7:30 PM - 12 Midnight (at -)
    • If you've ever looked up at the stars overhead and wondered what else is up there, the Robert Ferguson Observatory's "Whats Up?" program is designed for you! The event will feature a talk on objects in our local galaxy, the Milky Way, and very deep space objects beyond, plus you will get plenty of time at the telescope eyepieces. Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Saturday, 10/26/2019 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 10/26/2019 - Public Star Party
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory's three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.

      $5.00 per adult, under 18 FREE.
      (Plus State Park Parking Fee $10.00 per vehicle.)
  • Monday, 10/28/2019 - Night Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #4 of 6)
      Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.

November 2019
  • Monday, 11/18/2019 - Night Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #5 of 6)
      Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Friday, 11/22/2019 - What's Up
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight (at -)
    • If you've ever looked up at the stars overhead and wondered what else is up there, the Robert Ferguson Observatory's "Whats Up?" program is designed for you! The event will feature a talk on objects in our local galaxy, the Milky Way, and very deep space objects beyond, plus you will get plenty of time at the telescope eyepieces. Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Saturday, 11/23/2019 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Saturday, 11/23/2019 - Public Star Party
    Time: 6 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory's three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.

      $5.00 per adult, under 18 FREE.
      (Plus State Park Parking Fee $10.00 per vehicle.)
  • Monday, 11/25/2019 - Night Fall Series
    Time: 7 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Learn the constellations, stars, deep sky objects, and more. Includes observing. (Class #6 of 6)
      Tickets may be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets.
  • Friday, 11/29/2019 - Public Solar Observing
    Time: 11 AM - 3 PM
    • Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.
  • Friday, 11/29/2019 - Public Star Party
    Time: 6 PM - 12 Midnight
    • Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory's three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.

      $5.00 per adult, under 18 FREE.
      (Plus State Park Parking Fee $10.00 per vehicle.)

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