Tour of the Observatories at the Sugar Grove Nature Center

Spring Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT
March 28-29, 2014 - Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois

ISAAPT members toured the Twin City Amateur Astronomers observatories at the Sugar Grove Nature Center during the Fall 2013 meeting at Heartland Community College.  Several people subsequently indicated that they wanted to return to see the facilities in operation.  It was not possible that evening due to a cloudy sky.

On Friday evening after the banquet, that opportunity will be made available on an informal basis. ISAAPT members are once again invited to tour the facilities that evening and watch as amateur astronomers work – assuming the sky is clear.  In addition to seeing astronomical imaging, visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the photometry of recent supernovas and asteroids.

The observatories house 10", 17" and 20" photographic telescopes outfitted with some of the best imaging equipment that money can buy. One or two visual instruments should be available for use as well.

If you would like to tour these facilities, please email Carl Wenning at as soon as possible for details.