Powell Observatory

Powell Observatory, Louisburg: Address, Phone Number, Powell Observatory Reviews: 4.5/5

Powell Observatory
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tammyge0rge
Lee's Summit, MO12 contributions
Oct 2019
It was a very hard place to find, when its dark you can't see anything. Its not marked very well as to where to go..

Although the highlight of the night was the shooting star that we saw... Saturn was the reason to go but it was not as clear to see as I thought it would have been...

Ill try another time earlier in the season...
Written 31 October 2019
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TucsonTerry
Tucson, AZ87 contributions
Aug 2019
This attraction was completely built with private funds and volunteers. They are really nice people that dutifully staff this attraction every Saturday night, rane or shine. For $8 you can hear a talk and take a journey through the universe via their telescope (best on clear nights). Went there once, and talked with the interesting volunteers at least two hours. Fun for individuals, families, and kids.
Written 11 September 2019
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Joe M
Louisburg, KS45 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
When available, Powell Observatory is an excellent visit. They hold star parties and open up for meteor showers and other celestial events. The high-powered scope and absence of light pollution make this a great place to visit.
Written 19 July 2017
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a41073
Kansas76 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
This is a great place to stoke a fire for astronomy and not break the bank. There were several people with their own telescopes so you weren't just standing in line for the 30" telescope. We planets viewed Jupiter, with the moons, and Saturn, actually saw the rings!! We saw the RINGS!!!(it was super cool) We also viewed the death and birth of some stars, a ring nebula and a cluster nebula. They also pointed out several satellites that roamed across the sky.
There were plenty of people out there just to view the stars and lightning bugs, there were lots and lots of lightning bugs. For now, it is a wonderful spot to star gaze. Due to development moving south on 69 hwy, the light pollution is becoming more of a problem. So if you have a few bucks to donate, this will help with relocation, if they need it. I spoke to one of the volunteers and asked why they didn't have this information on their website, he gave the impression that they didn't want to bother the public with their problems. He was very helpful, kind, patient, and friendly. All the volunteers were.

Ok, housekeeping:
Your eyes need to adjust to see the stars in the telescope. When cars drive by with their lights on it affects everyone's ability to see the stars. If you can, park your car facing away from the the observatory as most vehicles lights automatically turn on when you get in the car and use the parking lights when you see the sign to dim your lights. Also, if there is an app that you can download that ill shine a red light vs white, this will help you get about. The lights from your phone and flashlight will affect yours and others ability to see the stars.
And finally you are walking about in the dark so, get ready to talk to some strangers. I can't tell you how many times I started talking to a person only to realize "oh crap! You're not my husband!" after awhile it, just became amusing.
We had a great time! We were there from about 9 - 11:45. My son said as we were leaving, "Man, I'm so glad I cleaned up my room in time to see this" I counted it as a win.
Written 16 July 2017
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Mary S
Louisburg, KS38 contributions
Apr 2017
Not only is there a fantastic telescope here but during the summer they offer programs on Saturday evenings free to the public. Various topics, check the schedule on their website. Not only can you gaze at the stars from the big telescope, there are usually quite a few astronomers here with their own personal scopes set up outside who are more than happy to have to take a look through their telescopes also. Very fun education experience.
Written 12 July 2017
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Carol D
Overland Park, KS1 612 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
I finally had the opportunity to visit the Powell Observatory. I went with some friends down to Louisburg for dinner and to view the night sky. This was Saturday over Labor Day weekend, we had a clear skies and comfortable weather (jeans, and a light jacket when it got dark. This is a volunteer run observatory by the local KC Astronomer club. There is a donation request ($6 for adults), but it is very much worth the donation. Even with the sun still out, they had a solar-scope for viewing the sun safely, and telescopes to look at the crescent moon and venus. They started with program (6:30 pm first one, run several times through out the evening) sharing some star and planet facts and what stars, planets can be seen this time of the year. They even handed out a sheet with a September Sky calendar on one side and circular map of what you would see in September with N,S,E,W marked. Powell Observatory has three telescopes on site: 30 in, 16 in and 12 in. Plus the various Club members bring out their own telescopes to share. That night I got to see the Saturn with its rings (first for me!), Mars, Venus, Moon, Sun, Globular cluster (M17), Double Star on the handle of the Big Dipper (Mylar, & Alcot). Without the telescope various volunteers had laser pointers to show various constellations and the Milky way was visible to the naked eye once you are far away from the light pollution. All the volunteers were very knowledgable and generous in sharing "their passion" with the rest of us. My only regret was that none of us thought to bring a blanket to lay down and look at the skies. Also watch the skies in August 21, 2017, the central part of the US will have a Solar Eclipse!
Written 5 September 2016
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Marilyn246810
Louisburg, KS20 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
They have several different telescopes to look through. There is a great presentation before you look at the planets and stars. The people are very knowing.
Written 15 March 2016
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RondaKansasCity
Kansas City, MO280 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
We bought a telescope over 10 years ago and never used it. We took a class and now we are ready to enjoy the sky and the KC Astronomical society. In addition to the Observatory location near Louisburg, KS, they also have 40 acres near Butler, MO available for overnight stays.
Written 13 February 2016
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Geroge F
Kansas City, MO19 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
First visit to the observatory, we took our Scout Troop one evening.

Everything is run by Volunteers.

I would advise that the weather plays a big part as do the number of guests on any given night. They advised that this was just the third Saturday night that they could view anything.

I would always plan to arrive early and purchase your presentation tickets early, the presentations differ each Saturday and are about 45 minutes long, then you can get the line to the large telescope when you come out. They have at least four groups that night.

We were able to get an awesome view of Saturn through the large scope!

Other Volunteers come out and set up their personal telescopes, I believe the were seven set-up that evening, must looking at a different point in the sky.

The Volunteers were very knowledgeable and were glad to point out interesting points in the sky.

Thanks to all the Volunteers for their time and effort!
Written 23 September 2015
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kansasjen
Louisburg, KS27 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
This was my third visit to the observatory and I still haven't had the chance to look through the big telescope. This is not the fault of the operators, who are all volunteers. The weather plays a big part as do the number of guests on that particular night. Some helpful advice...plan to go on a clear night and arrive early. The first time I visited, it clouded up and noone got to look through the telescope. The second time I visited, it started out clear, but then clouded up before my turn came up. The third visit, the line was just too long. We had waited for two hours and we still had about 30 people in front of us.
When you arrive, get in line and buy your ticket for the presentation first thing. We looked around at the telescopes sitting outside first. When we got our tickets, we were placed in the second group of the evening. I believe they had three groups that night. They want you to sit through a short educational slide show before you line up for the telescope. In my estimation on this particular night, it was taking about a minute per person to go through the line. You can count the number of people in front of you and do the math.
I have to commend the volunteers. Many of them bring their own telescopes and are happy to let you look through them. They will focus and refocus their scopes many times. Even though the mantra throughout the night is "Look with your eyes, not with your hands", many people young and old would inevitably put their hand on the scope and cause it to move out of focus. In addition, everything you're trying to look at is moving all the time, so they are also constantly adjusting for this. I think these volunteers are saints.
Written 30 June 2014
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