About Us

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Rockford Amateur Astronomer Founders
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“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan

Our History

The Rockford Amateur Astronomers, Inc. was founded in 1958 with the goal to promote the fascinating hobby of astronomy. We operate the Lockwood Park Observatory in Lockwood Park in cooperation with the Rockford Park District.

This facility houses our custom-designed 10” Astro-Physics, Inc. refracting telescope and several portable telescopes of varying designs and sizes.


Our varied memberships provide support for virtually every field of interest in amateur astronomy. All of our members are also members of the Astronomical League, an umbrella group of amateur astronomers throughout the United States.

Our members range from the very young to the well-seasoned astronomer. They enjoy astronomy as active observers as well as armchair astronomers. Their skills range from novice to nationally recognized. Contact us to learn more about all your exciting benefits of becoming a member today!

All who wish to learn about the sky are welcome!

Free! Public Viewing Sessions

Lockwood Park Observatory is open for free public viewing sessions on the second and fourth Saturday evenings of every month. Summer viewing sessions begin at dusk (approximately 8:00 pm) and viewing sessions through the rest of the year begins at 7:00 pm.

All sessions are conducted by our members, free of charge, and are enjoyable for people of all ages. You are always welcome to attend any of our year-round sessions! Please dress accordingly, as all observatories are unheated.