you have a telescope that you would
to learn how to operate or get help with setting up? KAS
will be on hand at the start of
each session to give you a one on one tutorial. Learn how to
properly assemble and balance your telescope, align the
finderscope and computer, and choose the appropriate
We can even help you learn how to find objects
in the sky!
members assist guests with their telescopes.
arrive as soon as the gates open, so we can help you set up and use
telescope before it gets too dark. Consult the schedule
Red Lights at
you like to learn how to identify bright stars and major
constellations? During each observing session, one of our
veteran stargazers will teach participants to find those elusive
the sky with a simple monthly star map, which will be provided by the
KAS. A green laser pointer that projects a visible
beam into the sky will be used to trace out the constellations and
asterisms. Just like at a planetarium - only under the real
should bring a flashlight with RED
use for the walk from the
parking lot to the observatory and for reading star maps. This
can be as simple as covering the front
of a regular flashlight with several layers of red plastic. No
white lights or automobile lights are
allowed near the observing area after dusk. Use RED
flashlights to preserve night
vision and please keep them pointed downward! Flashlights can be purchased through the SkyShop
D Avenue (Exit 44)
and travel approximately 4 miles east on D Ave to North Westnedge. Turn
right on North
Westnedge and go approximately one mile and turn left at the
Kalamazoo Nature Center sign.
US 131 North (Exit 74)
and follow the above directions.
north through downtown Kalamazoo. Park Street will turn into Business
Loop 131. Follow the sign to the right directing you to North Westnedge
and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Follow North
Westnedge approximately 3 miles and turn right at the Kalamazoo Nature
sign, just past E Avenue.
For further directions use this handy Gadget: