Saturn, the Father of Jupiter
The Spoutwood Farm Observatory hosts four Open Houses free to the public throughout the year. To celebrate the arrival of each season, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, they take place on the Friday nearest to each equinox or solstice. We commence about an hour before dark with a tour of the observatory and the Frodo Straw Bale Building, and a short seminar about the basics of observing the sky with a telescope. If you own your own telescope, please feel free to bring it along! Stargazing begins immediately at dark and lasts for a minimum of 2 hours.
Directions can be obtained from our "Directions" tab in the drop-down menu under 'Observatory' above.
The dates for 2013 Open Houses are:
Vernal Equinox - Friday, March 22nd, 6 p.m.
Summer Solstice - Friday, June 21st, 8:30 p.m.
Autumnal Equinox - Friday, September 20th, 6 p.m.
Winter Solstice - Friday, December 20th, 4:30 p.m.
All Open House events are free (donations graciously accepted). Private viewings are available by appoinment, please call 717-235-6610 or email inquires to
Inclement Weather Policy
An open house shall only be held if it is clear or partly cloudy out. Cancellations may be rescheduled as time and weather permit; each Open House is scheduled for a Friday with a Saturday raindate. For your convenience, any weather-related information regarding a scheduled Open House shall be posted on our 'News' tab and on the Spoutwood Farm Observatory Facebook page by noon on the day of the event.
We are always open during Spoutwood Farm's two annual festivals, the May Day Fairie Festival and the Mother Earth Harvest Fair. Come out for a visit and the spectacular views of the sun through our telescope's solar filters! Take a tour of the observatory, or attend seminars about the history of astronomy, solar power, telescope basics, and more. Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the Frodo Building or just stop by to say hello - we hope to see you there!
What you will see and learn about at the observatory:
- The history of ancient astronomy
- Naked eye tours of the constellations
- Telescopic views of:
- The Sun
- The moon
- The planets
- Globular Clusters of stars
- Nebulae and Galaxies
- Messier Objects
- Other 'guest' astronomical objects like comets and meteor showers
- CCD digital astrophotography
- Wide-land model of the solar system
- How to use your own telescope
Mars, God of Agriculture