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Jackson County Mathematics and Science Center Observatory 
at Camp McGregor
 
For viewing information: Observatory Hotline:  517-990-8004

FREE Stargazing Opportunities at the Camp McGregor Observatory 
Located on Crispell Lake at 10380 Adams Rd., Clark Lake, MI  49234
 
The Jackson County Mathematics and Science Center offers free public stargazing events at the Camp McGregor Observatory each month (April - October).  These viewings are supported by both the Amateur Astronomers of Jackson and trained personnel from our local schools as a way to share the night sky with the community. Each stargaze event is on the third weekend of the month -- beginning shortly after dark and lasting about two hours (depending on weather). Since stargazing is an outdoor activity, be sure to dress appropriately for the changing nighttime conditions in Michigan (cold, mosquitoes, dew, etc).  Viewing dates for 2015 are listed below. 
 

2015 remaining Observatory Viewing Dates:
(All times are beginning at dusk, and last for 2 hours each of the following evenings)
 
Friday and Saturday - August 21 & 22  - CANCELLED for Maintenance
 
Friday and Saturday - September 18 & 19
 
Friday and Saturday - October 16 & 17 
  
Thank you for your interest in our Observatory.
 
Star Trails at Camp McGregor
 
Viewing dates may be canceled or changed due to weather.  If cloudy or inclement weather exist, viewings will not be held.  For reservations, please call Camp McGregor at 517-529-0002 or email at campmcgregor@jcisd.org.  To find out if the viewing is canceled, please call 517-990-8004 for the observatory direct line.  Please note that this number is a recording only.
 
For more information on the Amateur Astronomers, please visit their website at http://aaoj.info. 
 
For more information about the Peter F. Hurst Planetarium, please visit their website  at http://hurstplanetarium.org or contact Mark Reed, the planetarium director by e-mail: mreed@jpsmail.org 
 
For more information about the Jackson County Mathematics and Science Center, contact the Director, Kristie Morris, at kristie.morris@jcisd.org or by calling 517-768-5151.
 
observatoryQuietly sitting in the southwest corner of the county, far away from the city lights, is one of the most high-tech telescopes in the state of Michigan ... an astronomer's dream waiting to show spectacular views of the stars!