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Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. Observatory

156 Heaton Park Drive

The Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. Observatory houses a 0.9 meter (36-inch) Cassegrain reflector beneath a 10 meter (30 ft.) dome. This is the largest telescope in the southeastern United States and one of the largest instruments ever dedicated to education and public viewing.


Beth Huet

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Very cool public, free, giant telescope to go & look at the stars & nebula's with & get educated on our mysterious universe by professional scientists that operate the telescope. Its thursday & friday nights that its open to the public & goes on until 10 or 10:30 p.m. vut be sure to call & check that its open for viewing those nights due to weather conditions & visibility it may be closed.

Chris Crowley

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018
If you have not been to an observatory in your life you are doing life wrong. What an amazing opportunity we have living in a place where we can, for free, peer through a $100k+ telescope out into the beautiful night sky.

Sushana Lamsal

Thursday, April 19, 2018
The astronomers were very informative. It was a fun experience.

Sebastian Escobar

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
Really nice staff. The telescope is really interesting and in a nice location. Check the weather beforehand, as you can't observe if it is cloudy!!!

Audrey Poole

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
If you enjoy stars/astronomy it the place to be

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