Monthly Public Telescope Night
Westmont Public Telescope Night. See cool stuff in the night sky through telescopes set up by the Astronomical Unit, the local amateur astronomy club sponsored by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Most months the large telescope at the observatory is also available for viewing, run by the Physics Department at Westmont. Observations are weather permitting, are held on the third Friday of each month, and are free to the public. The observatory is next to the baseball field.
The ringed-planet Saturn will be the focus of this month’s free, public viewing on Friday, Aug. 18, beginning about 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. This summer has featured some of the best views of Saturn’s rings in nearly 15 years. Westmont’s Keck Telescope, a 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain reflecting instrument with Ritchey-Chretien optics, is housed in the observatory between Carr Field and the track and field/soccer complex. Free parking is available near the baseball field. Read More