Our next evening star parties--
 Join us as we explore the skies with powerful telescopes!

Star Parties will resume in the Spring!

Cancellations in the event of clouds or rain will be posted here at 6 p.m.

The observatory is located behind the Elementary School building at the playground area.

Directions to the observatory-- From South Street take the southern entrance into the 
Harwich Elementary School and park at the circular lot.  The facility is located at the paved area behind
the school near the large wooden playground structure.


"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."-- Carl Sagan

Our facility located at The Harwich Elementary School in Harwich, Massachusetts offers ideal dark-sky viewing conditions and a variety of equipment to explore the cosmos. 

The observatory houses the following--
  Tectron Dobsonian-mount Reflector with 32 inch diameter mirror
Orion Dobsonian 10 inch Reflector with plug-in computer module
Astro-Physics 6 inch Refractor on German Equatorial mount
Dobsonian-mount Reflector with 8 inch mirror
Coronado SolarMax Solarscope
Binoculars, spectra scope, lenses, filters and other attachments

The observatory serves as a location for the community and interested parties to view the wonders of the skies; as a science lab for students to engage in cosmic discoveries and log data with other observatories; and as a satellite facility for college students who need to conduct research in a dark-sky, light- pollution-free environment.

The observatory is a facility for  further study in the following areas:
Astronomy-- explore planets, galaxies, nebula, clusters, stars and comets.
Navigation-- plot the movement of constellations and celestial objects across the sky.

History--  meet the folklore and legends of famous constellations and zodiac characters.
Mathematics and Physics--  use a variety of lenses, filters and other attachments to observe and record cosmic events, chart data, and share with other astronomers.

For further information about viewing sessions,
contact us at our email address.

We sincerely appreciate the generous donations and support
from the following corporations and individuals:



of Harwichport

  of East Dennis


Home Center

Dr. Timothy Barker, Professor of Astrophysics at Wheaton College
  Peter Napierkowski, Amateur Astronomer, Stoughton, MA
  Gerry Allison, Artist, Pompton Plains, N.J.
Anthony Teso, Amateur Astronomer
Harwich Chamber of Commerce
Harwich PTO
Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster, MA

This program is supported in part by the Cultural Councils of Chatham and Harwich, 
local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.