2023 Public SeasonThe 2023 Public Season has concluded. Please check back in spring 2024 for the new schedule.
In the meantime, you may reserve the observatory for private groups. Please see below for more information.
Typical public night activies inclulde (subject to weather and staff availability):
- Solar observing
- Member telescopes
- Louisburg Community Telescope
- Presentation (see topics below)
- Live imaging with the 30" Ruisinger Telescope
Dress for the outdoors and bring your own lawn chair and/or blanket. The field has been treated for mosquitoes but there may still be a few around so bring your own repellant if desired.
- Programs will proceed clear or cloudy.
- Rain will result in cancellation.
- Check facebook.com/astronomykc for the latest updates.
Because the observatory is staffed by volunteers, we request a donation upon entry to help maintain and operate the observatory.
Requested Donation: 13 & Over: $10 | 6-12: $5 | 5 and Under: Free
(We accept cash, check, major credit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay.)
|Powell Observatory 2023 Schedule|
|April 29||4:00 PM||Astronomy Day|
|May 6||8:00 PM||Moons of the Solar System|
|May 13||8:00 PM||Comets: Creators and Destroyers|
|May 20||8:00 PM||Don’t Don’t Look Up|
|May 27||8:00 PM||Traveling to the Stars|
|June 3||8:30 PM||Planets You Can See|
|June 10||8:30 PM||JWST and Hubble Telescopes: Complementary Views|
|June 17||8:30 PM||The James Webb Telescope|
|June 24||8:30 PM||Astronomy: Myths and Fallacies|
|July 1||8:30 PM||Don’t Don’t Look Up|
|July 8||8:30 PM||Traveling to the Stars|
|July 15||8:30 PM||Planets You Can See|
|July 22||8:30 PM||JWST and Hubble Telescopes: Complementary Views|
|July 29||8:30 PM||A Brief History of Astronomy|
|Aug 5||8:00 PM||Comets: Creators and Destroyers|
|Aug 12||8:00 PM||Don’t Don’t Look Up|
|Aug 19||8:00 PM||Traveling to the Stars|
|Aug 26||8:00 PM||Planets You Can See|
|Sep 2||7:30 PM||JWST and Hubble Telescopes: Complementary Views|
|Sep 9||7:30 PM||History of the Space Program|
|Sep 16||7:30 PM||The Dark Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy|
|Sep 23||7:30 PM||Don’t Don’t Look Up|
|Sep 30||7:30 PM||Upcomming Solar Eclipses|
|Oct 7||6:30 PM||Planets You Can See|
|Oct 14||6:30 PM||JWST and Hubble Telescopes: Complementary Views|
|Oct 21||6:30 PM||The James Webb Telescope|
|Oct 28||6:30 PM||A Boo-tiful Night of Mischief and Mayhem - Constellation Myths|
The observatory is available for private groups and events year-around, subject to availability of volunteer staff. Please email email@example.com or call 913.438.3825. A reservation fee of $100 + $5 per person is required to reserve the observatory for private events.
About the Observatory
Built in 1985 by society members, the observatory is located about 25 miles South of Kansas City in Lewis-Young Park, just North of Louisburg, KS. At this location, skies are much darker than in the city. The observatory has one of the largest telescopes open to the public in a five-state area - the Ruisinger Telescope, a Newtonian reflector with a 30" diameter mirror. The telescope is installed in a 20 foot dome, with an equatorial fork mount and computerized control systems.
- Imaging Center with an 11" Schmidt Cassegrain telescope and iOptron mount, housed in a smaller adjacent dome.
- Louisburg Community Telescope featuring 16" and 12" Newtonian telescopes on Dobsonian mounts, housed in a separate roll-off roof building.
- Lunt solar telescope with tunable hydrogen-alpha filter and iOptron mount.
About Powell Observatory
Directions to Powell Observatory
Take US 69 Highway to the Louisburg exit. Go east on Highway 68 (West Amity) ¾ mile to Broadway. Turn left and proceed 1 mile north to 271st Street. Turn left and proceed ¾ mile west to Jingo Road. Turn right and proceed 7/10 mile north to the entrance to Lewis Young Park. Proceed 3/10 mile west on Melrose past the tractor pull area on your left and around the curve. The observatory is on the left just past the line of trees. Parking is on the north side of the street.
You can also find it on Google Maps by entering the name "Powell Observatory" or just click this link.
The address is:
26500 Melrose Street
Louisburg, KS 66053
No white lights (headlights, flashlights, mobile phones, etc.) are allowed at the observatory. Red flashlights are allowed. Please dim your headlights when approaching and leaving the observatory.
Pets shall be maintained on a leash at all times and controlled. No pets, running, or play around telescopes.
We are located in a public park and all park rules must be followed.