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The Rolnick Observatory, Westport

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Rolnick Observatory is an astronomical observatory in Westport, Connecticut, operated by the Westport Astronomical Society. It is named after Gerry Rolnick, a co-founder of the Westport Astronomical Society and the engineer who ground the reflective mirror in the telescope. The observatory is located at the highest elevation in the town. It was built upon the former BR-73 Nike missile site in the mid-1960s and has undergone several upgrades and refurbishments since then.
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  • WHS provides the local community with a history of its town. The gift shop has a variety of lovely items themed to match the season. The exhibits are outstanding -- cultural, informative and... 
    WHS provides the local community with a history of its town. The gift shop has a variety of lovely items themed to match the season. The exhibits are outstanding -- cultural, informative and...  more »
  • went for eclipse. Very busy and staff were wonderful. My nieces and nephew loved it. Sweet place. Like a Science fiction movie. One can imagine Chris Martin singing Yellow here, because the stars... 
    went for eclipse. Very busy and staff were wonderful. My nieces and nephew loved it. Sweet place. Like a Science fiction movie. One can imagine Chris Martin singing Yellow here, because the stars...  more »
  • One of the best places to take your kids and loved ones. Very special and unusual venue for those who are interested in planets and stars. There are giant telescopes for those who love astronomy and.....  more
    One of the best places to take your kids and loved ones. Very special and unusual venue for those who are interested in planets and stars. There are giant telescopes for those who love astronomy and.....  more »
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  • Even though it was cold and cloudy the people there were helpful engaging and friendly with knowledge of the question
  • Great information and courtesy.
  • My girlfriend and I visited on the 10th of June, which is their weekly free and open-to-the-public night. It is a little tricky to find the observatory, especially at night, but if you just continue all the way down the road you will find the observatory just fine. We were initially a little intimidated by the amount of cars and people, and did not know where we should be. We decided to walk to the top of the observatory and immediately met two very nice gentlemen who were operating the telescope and showing us (among others) stars and planets. The two members were incredibly knowledgeable and were willing to answer my many questions. We saw incredible views of Saturn, Venus, Jupiter, nebula's, galaxies, and many other interesting night sky objects. After looking through the indoor 12.5" telescope for quite awhile, we went out on the lawn to see the 25" telescope. That telescope was quite a sight to see, I believe they said it was 14' tall and required a ladder to look through. I was impressed tremendously that the gentleman operating it was able to find night sky objects so easily. The view was even more excellent from this scope. Overall, it was a great experience and a lot of fun. My girlfriend and I actually enjoyed it so much that we signed up for membership at the observatory, which is very reasonable. I would highly recommend visiting to anyone interested in astronomy, stargazing, space, or simply looking for something enjoyable (and free) to do on a Wednesday night.
  • The people are very friendly and highly enthusiastic about Astronomy and physics!
  • This place is awesome!

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