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Mendel Observatory


Mendel Observatory

The Mendel Observatory, on the top floor of the Mendel Science Center at Merrimack College, houses an Optical Guidance Systems 20-inch Ritchey-Cretien reflector and a number of electronic imaging systems. The observatory is used by students, faculty, the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club and the general public.

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.

Weather Permitting Line 


Observatory Status

The observatory is currently closed due to an electrical issue. We will update the status as soon as the telescope is operational again.

Observatory Director

Kelsey Hargrove
Physics Laboratory Manager and Professor, Physics

View Pass’ astronomy page, which includes numerous astronomical photos, including some taken at the Mendel Observatory.