|Welcome to the
Osten Observatory on the campus of Concordia University in Seward,
observatory supports a Meade LX-200 16" telescope in a Sirius
Observatories 10-foot fiberglass dome. Students and faculty
regular public viewing in the spring and fall, and use the Meade DSI
CCD and Celestron NexImage5 imagers for photography and research.
next public viewing will be Tuesday November 5, 2013 from 8:00 - 9:30
Come out and see the Ring Nebula, a pretty
double star, a rich globular cluster and a nearby galaxy!
- There is now abundant parking in the new
HHPAC parking lot just west of the observatory! Please do not
park on Hillcrest. There is an illuminated path from the
parking lot to the observatory.
note that in the fall we will be having one open house per month in
September, October and November. See the "Events" page for
- We have had several questions about an
email saying that August 25 would be a great night to view Mars.
Unfortunately, this email is a hoax. There was a
great viewing of Mars on August 25, 2002 (where we had over 400 people
see it through the telescope!). Since then the email has
re-circulated every year, but with the year removed from the date and
with details becoming more and more enhanced. Please see this
page and this
page from Snopes about the Mars Hoax.