Due to Covid-19 the observatory is currently closed.

There is still a lot of uncertainty as to when we can safely open the observatory for observing and other activities. There is hope that we will be able to open the observatory sometime in 2021. Until further notice we will remain closed. Please follow us on Facebook to receive updates.


When the observatory is open, programs begin at 8:00 p.m. (every 1st and 3rd Saturday, May thru Septemberand starts with a discussion on an astronomy-related subject, and staff will provide an overview of the objects that will be observed that night. Open whether cloudy or clear. If cloudy, there will be a presentation or discussion on related topics. Donations welcome. 

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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