In 2015, for thesixthconsecutive summer, I will lead free public telescope viewing at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, 18 miles from Port Angeles, Washington. I hope to see YOU this summer! The featured objects to see will include planet Saturn and her moons, globular cluster M13, planetary nebula M57 (a.k.a. The Ring Nebula), galaxy M31 (a.k.a. The Andromeda Galaxy) -- and many more.
I use a pair of homemade Dobsonian telescopes. Ursa Minor has a 12.5 inch aperture and Draco has a 20 inch mirror. I use five different TeleVue eyepieces. I commonly use the TeleVue 13 mm Ethos eyepiece with either scope. With this eyepiece there is 147x magnification with Ursa Minor and 185x magnification with Draco.
In the summer of 2014, there were 1133 viewers who attended the 26 dates that were clear for viewing. The programs in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 had 820, 659, 484 and 683 viewers, respectively.
Click on 2015 SCHEDULElinkabove to see the dates and times of this year's programs.
Both the Telescope Program and the Full Moon Hikes will cancel if there is cloud cover. For cancellation due to clouds, visitors can call the Hurricane Ridge Road Hotline on the day of the program after 3 pm. (360) 565-3131.
Artwork credit: Tyler Nordgren
This image is available as a poster.
It is sold at the ONP Visitor Center bookstore (Port Angeles).