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Thanks for a great season!

I had intended to post this sooner, but better late than never! Thanks to all the visitors (well over 1,000) who helped to make the 2016 summer tour season another great season at PMO. We look forward to seeing many of you again in 2017, beginning Memorial Day weekend (Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, ...

Visiting PMO in September (2016)

Note: No additional tours for Labor Day weekend; Friday and Saturday (Sept. 2-3) only. Sunsets at PMO continue to rapidly become earlier in September – from about 7:40 p.m. at the outset to before 7:00 p.m. at the end. Please arrive early (by sunset), especially if you want to see Saturn, which is ...

PMO Closed Saturday August 20

Pine Mountain Observatory is closed Saturday, August 20, due to ongoing efforts to fully contain the fire which burned about 250 acres last night about two miles from the observatory. This applies to the observatory only. For PMO campground and road information, please check local news reports or ...

Visiting PMO in August (2016)

Sunsets at PMO rapidly become earlier in August – from about 8:30 p.m. at the outset to about 7:45 p.m. at the end. This means you won’t have to wait as long to see the Milky Way and some great “deep sky” objects, but do plan on arriving at or shortly after sunset if you want to observe the ...

Visiting PMO in July (2016)

Reminder – No extra tours for the July 4 holiday weekend (Friday/Saturday only). PMO remains open for Friday and Saturday night tours, and with the start of July, we’re entering the “prime” of the tour season. Sunsets remain late (8:30 to 8:45 p.m. or so), so you should plan on staying until ...

Visiting PMO in June (2016)

PMO is now open for Friday and Saturday night tours, and June can be a good opportunity to visit. Keep in mind, however, that sunsets are late (8:45 p.m. or so), and you should plan on staying until at least 11:00 p.m. (weather permitting) to have a good experience including a couple of dark sky ...

PMO Opens May 27-28 of Memorial Day weekend for public tours

Update (Thursday afternoon): The forecast is now better again (partly cloudy, no rain/snow), but still cold (30s) at night, so be prepared if you do come! Otherwise perhaps we’ll see you at PMO in June. Note: Since this post was written, there was a late-season snowstorm at PMO, and the ...

Transit of Mercury

For more information, see the Sky & Telescope article at http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/get-ready-for-may-9th-transit-of-mercury-041320162/. Transit of Mercury, May 9, 2016 at 8:47 a.m. PDT. Photo of transit added Monday evening. This photo was taken with the ...

PMO Volunteers Annual Meeting

The annual orientation meeting for PMO volunteers has been scheduled for Saturday April 30 at 3 p.m. at PMO. Potential new volunteers are welcome, but should call or email the PMO site manager first for additional information and to register. New volunteers receive sky familiarization and telescope ...

PMO Partners with Lights Out Bend

Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO) is pleased to announce a partnership with Lights Out Bend (LOB), a volunteer-operated education and advocacy program, similar to that in other U.S. cities, intended to reduce the impact of artificial nighttime lighting on birds and bird migrations. LOB encourages ...
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