For over 40 years, the Westport Astronomical Society has brought the wonders of the night sky to the thousands who have visited the observatory. We’re an all volunteer-run, non-profit organization that’s free and open to the public every Wednesday night from 8-10 pm if the skies are clear.
The Dome Observatory covers a 16″ Meade LX200 with an Explore Scientific 102mm f/7 Essential Apochromatic ED Triplet Refractor piggybacked on top. The lawn regularly hosts the HUGE 25″ Obsession telescope, the largest in Connecticut. You can also occasionally find us doing sidewalk astronomy in the community with various 8-10″ Dobsonian telescopes and we really love viewing the sun with the Lunt LS100Tha double stacked solar telescope.
WAS has free monthly meetings with experts at the top of their fields. We feature speakers from the Hayden Planetarium, The American Museum of Natural History, Yale, NYU, UConn, Cornell, Wesleyan, Columbia as well as educators from all over the globe who enrich our community with cutting-edge discussions on cosmology, physics, and astronomy. Additionally, there are additional special, private events scheduled throughout the year for our members and supporters.
As a non-profit, all of our projects are funded by members and donations. We receive no financial support from the town or state. WAS is responsible for the very expensive upkeep of the observatory, which means replacing roofs, fixing buildings, snow removal, landscaping, and all the regular maintenance.
We have 5 priorities we need to cover.
- Paving the driveway
- Sealing the parking lot
- Painting the South Observatory Tower
- Replace all the windows in our buildings
- Construct a new, 3 pier roll-off observatory on the grounds.
WAS asks for the support of the business leaders of our community to make this happen.
Please support us and KEEP SCIENCE IN THE COMMUNITY!