Community Observatory, Placerville, CA

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The Community Observatory

Hours of Operation

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Solar Saturday's
Every 1st Saturday

(weather permitting)

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Check this calendar an hour before coming to verify we are still planning on being open. We will update it in the event of a closure.
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Future Plans for the Observatory!

Below is an image of our proposed Imaging Observatory.   It is a proposed new structure to house permanently mounted imaging instruments for research and web presence.

The hope is to be able to build and get it online for our 10th anniversary next spring. The primary function of the new imaging observatory is to allow students or other members

of the community to do simple research projects on local equipment by submitting a proposal and imaging plan for approval. Then the equipment would be made available and

a docent would be assigned to help the student with the equipment to acquire the data.

Currently if local students want to do any of these type experiments, they either have to run computer simulations or submit their observing plan to online telescopes and pay

for the telescope time and operators. This gives them no real world experience of setting up an experiment, dealing with variables of weather, equipment issues, having to

get up at odd times of the day etc. Having this resource will be a real advantage for our students if they seek employment in astrophysics and the related fields.

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*The Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory is your window to the night sky!  See the stars through the 17"-inch and 14-inch reflecting telescopes on a clear dark night.  Follow planets or the moon as they travel across the sky. Bring the whole family for an unforgettable experience in the foothills of El Dorado County.The observatory was conceived by the Rotary Club of Cameron Park as a community service project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International.   The Rotary Club members raised all of the funds and donated time and materials to build the observatory on land owned by the El Dorado County Office of Education adjacent to theEl Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College.


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