Used by students, faculty, the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club and the general public, the Mendel Observatory is home to a 20-inch Ritchey-Chretien reflector and a number of electronic imaging systems.
Location: Fourth floor, Mendel Science Center at Merrimack College
Public Access: Wednesdays at dusk or 7 p.m. (whichever is later)
Merrimack Community Access: Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Weather line: 978-837-5486
Wednesdays: Public Stargazing
With the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, the observatory hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night, weather permitting, starting at dusk or 7 p.m. -whichever is later.
When special astronomical events of interest occur, such as a total lunar eclipse, the observatory often holds special viewing times.
We ask that the telescope not be operated in temperatures colder than 32˚F until further notice.
Thursdays: Merrimack Community Stargazing
On April 5 we officially launched our student-led Star Party at the Observatory. The event takes place every Thursday at 8 p.m., weather permitting. Come and join us as we observe planets, double stars, the moon and deep space objects, such as galaxies and nebulas. The entire Merrimack community - students, faculty and staff - are welcome.