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Loines Observatory, Nantucket

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  • Highly recommend the open viewing nights. Great activity for all ages. We saw the Milky Way, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. The telescope views were great. Location is easy to miss so try to locate it... 
    Highly recommend the open viewing nights. Great activity for all ages. We saw the Milky Way, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. The telescope views were great. Location is easy to miss so try to locate it...  more »
  • My children and I went to a nighttime stargazing event, led by experts who helped them to use the large telescopes and explained what they saw. A really memorable experience. 
    My children and I went to a nighttime stargazing event, led by experts who helped them to use the large telescopes and explained what they saw. A really memorable experience.  more »
  • We loved going here on a Monday night for open astronomy night. Starting at 9:00, the staff, who vary in age but are mostly college students, give a talk about the night sky. Two giant telescopes let....  more
    We loved going here on a Monday night for open astronomy night. Starting at 9:00, the staff, who vary in age but are mostly college students, give a talk about the night sky. Two giant telescopes let....  more »
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  • Exceptional experience
  • Was there in August 2011. Great place! Saw Saturn through a telescope very well
  • Open night is great with the kids. Guided stargazing, historical talks, and three professional grade telescopes pointed at whatever is interesting in the sky that night. Great views of Jupiter, Saturn, and etc. There's a research station, as well, and scientists to answer questions.
  • Awesome place to visit. You can see and learn so many things just for an hour. Realy unique experience
  • Open house night was great and well worth the $10 entry! Antique refractor telescope (used by Maria Mitchell) was set up for Moon viewing, showing dinner detail of craters and shadows. Research telescope showed a globular cluster of stars in the Milky Way. A smaller mobile telescope showed both Jupiter (accompanied by its four Galilean moons) and Saturn (rings included). Several undergraduate students ran the show in an efficient and knowledgeable manner. Mitchell history, a constellation tour, and more galactic factoids were shared. Time your visit around New Moon for darkest viewing conditions. Milky Way was barely visible from 9-10:30pm near First Quarter. Open twice a week during summer. About a mile walk from town, depending on where you are staying, but the historic sidewalks will slow you down. Bring a flashlight if you are walking to open house. Take an Uber to avoid twisted ankles.

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