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Open House and 2024 Observing Season Kickoff

May 4, 4-11 pm

Tour the observatory and see the telescope equipment that is used, talk with the observatory staff and look at the various displays and activities for the day. At 8pm they'll transition to their first night of public observing.

Getting Started in Astronomy

Wednesdays: May 1–June 5, 7-9pm

Observatory staff is offering a six week (one night a week, Wednesday from 7-9pm) introductory class for people interested in learning about astronomy, how to use a telescope, and find your way around the night skies. This class is for adults 16 or older and limited to 12 persons. The cost is $50 per person and no astronomy knowledge is required / assumed. 

To sign up contact Jim Dole at or direct message the Doug Firebaugh Observatory on Facebook.

Public Observing Nights

May–October, 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 8pm

There will be an astronomy related presentation as the prelude to observing on public nights. Come and share the beauty of the nighttime flies with the telescopes and imaging.

The PSF partners with the Doug Firebaugh Observatory to provide support for their educational activities and their mission.


Doug Firebaugh Observatory

Co-directors: Tom Dunmore, Jim Dole

2892 W Stephenson St.

Freeport, IL 61032

(815) 291-3072



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