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Open House, Saturday, July 3, 6 pm - 11 pm

The Doug Firebaugh Observatory Open House will be July 3rd from 6 pm to 11 pm, weather permitting. Rain date is Saturday, July 10th. NOTE: we will not be using the mounted observatory telescopes during this special event but visitors are welcomed to tour the observatory. Telescopes will be set up outside. 

Public Nights will resume starting on July 17th and continue on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month through October.

Programs will begin at 8:00 p.m. and start with a discussion on an astronomy-related subject. 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. 

COVID-19 Regulations

We anticipate that Illinois will move into COVID-19 Phase 5 on June 11th.  This lifts capacity and mask restrictions.   Out of concern for the safety of the staff and visitors a few notifications and limits will be in place as we transition to full and normal operations.  Changes to these guidelines will be addressed as we move forward.

1. All visitors over 14 years old should be COVID-19 vaccinated before allowed into the telescope observing rooms (this will be based on the honor system).  Masks are not required but visitors are of course welcome to wear them.

2. Signs will indicate room capacities for the telescope observing rooms and dome.

3. Sanitation wipes will be available to clean telescope eyepieces, focusers, etc as needed.

4. All presentations will be done in the larger, main observatory building area. 

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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