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Visiting PMO in September

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 sinking lower in the western sky, and will only be observable in PMO’s 24-inch ...

Visiting PMO in August

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 ...

Arrive early to see Moon and planets

The planets Venus and Jupiter are sinking lower into the evening twilight after sunset. To see them, along with a very thin crescent Moon on Saturday July 18, please be ready at the PMO 24-inch telescope building by sunset, about 8:40 p.m. Saturn will be visible longer, and we expect to be showing ...

Visiting PMO in July

July is typically one of the prime months for visiting PMO, with many fine summer Milky Way objects to see! Although twilight remains long (until after 10 p.m.), you’ll be able to observe planets (including especially Saturn) beginning around 8:45 p.m., and also the Moon on some evenings. Want ...

Messier Objects Part 10

And now the final part (10 of 10) of the PMO Messier object photography project! This group is last but not least. Like the previous two groups, it’s dominated by galaxies, but also contains a nice globular star cluster (M107 in Ophiuchus) and a nice open star cluster (M103 in Cassiopeia). Of ...

Binocular Sky Tours

On weekends near the new (dark) moon, PMO often has binocular tours. Visitors will lie on their backs while Tom points out interesting sky objects with a laser. No prior observing experience is required. We have a number of pairs of binoculars to lend for this activity, but bring your own if you ...

Visiting PMO in June

With improving weather, June could be an excellent opportunity for you to visit PMO! Although it doesn’t get completely dark until 10:30 or so, twilight viewing of the planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will begin around 9:00 p.m., following sunset at about 8:45 p.m. Want to see or avoid the ...

Preparing the Planets

The planet (and Sun) markers for the solar system walk are being readied for a new season. They line the path from the 24-inch telescope dome to the top of Pine Mountain. Take a hike to Neptune starting this weekend, May 29-30. Weather permitting, you’ll also be able to observe the planets ...

Messier Objects Part 9

And now part 9 of 10 of the Messier object photography project … getting close to completion! This group, although also dominated by galaxies like Part 8, contains a globular star cluster (M92, not far from the much better known M13 in Hercules), an open star cluster (M93 in Puppis, near Canis ...

PMO Opening Weekend

It’s that time of year again … Pine Mountain Observatory (PMO) is about to begin its annual program of Friday and Saturday evening public tours, from Memorial Day weekend (May 22-23) until the end of September. The weather forecast shows at least some clearing for this opening weekend, ...
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