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In keeping with a long-standing tradition stemming from its opening in the early 1970s, the Observatory remains focused on community involvement and learning opportunities. The Ashcroft Observatory is open every Monday night to all those interested in learning about constellations or viewing distant parts of the galaxy. Interested parties should plan on arriving at the observatory just as the sun sets. As weather or other conditions might alter this schedule, before driving out, please call the number above to make sure someone is there.

Ashcroft Observatory gate

This is a free opportunity, and has been of great use in the past to school groups, scout groups and families.  All are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the splendor in the skies.

Location of the observatory

We are open to the public free of charge every Monday night, weather permitting.  We are open for about two hours after sunset, however we try to keep our times close to the hour mark, so if the sun goes down at 6:45, we’ll be open at 7:00 pm.  If it’s going down at 8:20 pm, we’ll be there by 8:00 pm.

Front of observatory

You may schedule other times for groups by calling us at (435) 586-1409, but please give us a week’s notice and leave a message if no one is there.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at ashcroftobservatory@gmail.com.

Here are some directions to get to the observatory from SUU:

(click this link for a Google Maps view):

1. Head north on S 800 W toward W Center St.

2. Take the 3rd left onto W 200 N.

3. Continue onto UT-56 W/W 400 N.

4. Turn left onto N Westview Dr.

5. Follow that road and right before the road sharply curves to the right you will see a small dirt road directly in front of you with a sign that says “Ashcroft Observatory”.  It leads up a hill.  Go up the hill and you’re there.

A Note on Scheduling and Groups:

Groups are welcome to schedule at non-regular times, however please give us an accurate headcount of your group. In the past we’ve had people say that they are bringing 20 students to the observatory when what they really meant was 20 students and their families (which ends up being closer to 90 people), in which case, please specify ’90′. Please be specific in your headcount, as the observatory is small, and must be staffed to accommodate larger groups.

The observatory can only fit about 35 people inside, standing room only. If you have a very large group, consider splitting them up on separate evenings, as having any more than 35 people in one group will almost guarantee that someone will have to be outside. This is especially problematic in the winter.

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