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Our Mission

Our mission is to share our love and knowledge of astronomy with the community and help them better understand the fascinating realms of our universe.   Rockford Amateur Astronomers Inc. was founded in 1958 with the goal to promote amateur astronomy in our local community. We operate the Lockwood Park Observatory located on Safford Rd. in cooperation with the Rockford Park District. Our facility houses a custom built 10" Astro-Physics refracting telescope, a Pierkowski 10" Coelostat solar telescope and several portable telescopes of varying designs and sizes.  Our varied memberships provide support for virtually every field of interest in astronomy. Our members are also part of the Astronomical League, an umbrella group of amateur astronomers that are throughout the United States.

Free Public Viewing Sessions

Lockwood Park Observatory is open for free public viewing sessions held on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.  Sessions start at 7:00 p.m., or dusk, which ever is later. ("Weather Permitting"), Our main telescope, housed inside our 14-foot Ash dome, provides magnificent views of the moon, planets and stars.  In addition, various telescopes and binoculars may be set up on the lawn by active members to provide views of a number of celestial objects. This allows for visitors to hop around and see more of our wonderful universe.    We offer programs on a variety of topics relating to astronomy and space that are held in our auditorium.  All sessions are conducted by our members, free of charge, and are enjoyable for people of all ages (all minors must be accompanied by an adult or guardian).  Please dress according to the weather-- as the observatory is unheated.

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