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Star Gazing

When available, Powell Observatory is an excellent visit. They hold star parties and open up for... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Joe M
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Louisburg, Kansas
Lights, please

This is a great place to stoke a fire for astronomy and not break the bank. There were several... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
April R
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Kansas
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

When available, Powell Observatory is an excellent visit. They hold star parties and open up for meteor showers and other celestial events. The high-powered scope and absence of light pollution make this a great place to visit.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

This is a great place to stoke a fire for astronomy and not break the bank. There were several people with their own telescopes so you weren't just standing in line for the 30" telescope. We planets viewed Jupiter, with the moons, and Saturn, actually...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank April R
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Not only is there a fantastic telescope here but during the summer they offer programs on Saturday evenings free to the public. Various topics, check the schedule on their website. Not only can you gaze at the stars from the big telescope, there are usually...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank marysX3716OU
Reviewed 5 September 2016

I finally had the opportunity to visit the Powell Observatory. I went with some friends down to Louisburg for dinner and to view the night sky. This was Saturday over Labor Day weekend, we had a clear skies and comfortable weather (jeans, and a light...More

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank Carol D
Reviewed 16 March 2016

They have several different telescopes to look through. There is a great presentation before you look at the planets and stars. The people are very knowing.

Date of experience: August 2015
2  Thank Marilyn246810
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

We bought a telescope over 10 years ago and never used it. We took a class and now we are ready to enjoy the sky and the KC Astronomical society. In addition to the Observatory location near Louisburg, KS, they also have 40 acres near...More

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank RondaKansasCity
Reviewed 24 September 2015

First visit to the observatory, we took our Scout Troop one evening. Everything is run by Volunteers. I would advise that the weather plays a big part as do the number of guests on any given night. They advised that this was just the third...More

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank Geroge F
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This was my third visit to the observatory and I still haven't had the chance to look through the big telescope. This is not the fault of the operators, who are all volunteers. The weather plays a big part as do the number of guests...More

Date of experience: June 2014
8  Thank kansasjen
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