About Us

Our Mission

To provide community members and schools a free and guided opportunity to explore the sky with world-class amateur astronomy facilities year-round by experienced docents.

About Us

The Community Observatory opened in 2006 and, with an all-volunteer staff of docents, provides free viewing through our many telescopes, including our 17-inch and 14-inch reflecting telescopes.  

The Community Observatory was a Rotary Club of Cameron Park Centennial Project in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Rotary International. The Rotary of Cameron Park 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 the El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College.

In 2011, Rotary Club of Cameron Park built the G. Arthur Cort Sky Theater where visitors can sit in reclined seating outside and view the constellations or enjoy a sky tour by one of our docents.

In addition to nighttime viewing, the Community Observatory provides free, safe solar viewing on the first Saturday of every month.  We also provide safe solar viewing to many schools, clubs, and organizations.

Hours (Weather Permitting)

Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Nights (holidays excluded)

Please check our calendar one hour before the scheduled event to confirm we're open.  Weather, including high humidity, can prevent us from opening.

Standard Time (Winter Hours)
7:30 - 9:30 PM

Daylight Savings (Summer Hours)
8:30 - 10:30 PM

Solar Saturday (Safe Solar Viewing)
1st Saturday of every month
10:00 AM - Noon

Watch Us Grow

Imaging Dome

We are in the process of building a dedicated imaging dome which will allow students to do research projects using dedicated telescopes for research purposes.  Look for changes coming in 2017!

G. Arthur Cort Sky Theater Expansion

Look for a 3rd seating row to be added soon!

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