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Your private Night at the Cronyn Observatory


Book your own Night at the Observatory and enjoy an evening with a professional astronomer as your private guide to the skies and the observatory. For individuals or groups up to 20 persons.

Your private Night at the Observatory with your Personal Astronomer

Would you like a chance to look through our telescopes without having to wait in line? Or celebrate a life event under the starry skies? Or are you maybe looking for an enjoyable evening with family, friends, your loved one(s) or colleagues? Why not consider booking your own private Night at the Observatory then!

Your Personal Astronomer will first assist you in finding the perfect date and time to visit the Observatory -- based on your preferences and wishes -- and providing you with a detailed weather forecast and outlook the day before your event. During your visit, your Personal Astronomer will point our telescopes (including our flagship 25.4 cm refractor) at the objects of your choice, give you ample time to enjoy the views, and take pictures of the brightest objects in addition to answering any questions you may have. Objects viewed vary with the season and your wishes, but might include the Moon, planets, binary stars, star clusters, star forming regions, reflection or emission nebulae, planetary nebulae, or galaxies. Your evening can also include a tour of our Observatory, with private views of our historical displays: the Obervatory office from 1940 and our 1967 telescope control.Your Personal Astronomer will also be happy to fire up our astronomical demonstrations for you and your company.

In the event of cloudy skies, you can choose to go ahead with the evening (with the understanding that stargazing may not be an option), or you can reschedule to a different evening at no extra cost. Keep in mind that during our Fall and Winter months, cloudy skies are unfortunately the norm rather than the exception, and the Observatory is used frequently year round. Clear nights in winter furthermore tend to be very cold, so be prepared for spending time outside in the cold!

The cost for your private Night at the Observatory is $150/hour, for a minimum of 1 hour, for individuals and groups of up to 20 persons, and depends on the availability of the Observatory and staff. Payment is due a the time of your event, and is to be paid in cash or with a cheque made out the University of Western Ontario (sorry, we cannot process credit cards). For more information or to inquire about possible dates for a booking, please contact us by e-mail: cronyn@uwo.ca.

Note that if you are looking for a cheaper, educational event for a group at the Observatory, our Exploring the Stars program may be what you're looking for!