Jackson County Mathematics and Science Center
Observatory at Camp McGregor

Stargazing Opportunities at the Camp McGregor Observatory
The Jackson County Mathematics and Science Center offers free public stargazing events at the Camp McGregor Obsevatory each month (April - October).  These viewings are supported by both the Amateur Astronomers of Jackson and trained personnel from our local schools as a way to share the night sky with the community. Each stargaze event is on the third weekend of the month -- beginning shortly after dark and lasting about two hours (depending on weather). Since stargazing is an outdoor activity, be sure to dress appropriately for the changing nightime conditions in Michigan (cold, mosquitoes, dew, etc).  Viewing dates for 2013 are listed below. 

2013 Observatory Viewing Dates
Due to updating our technology at the observatory, we have cancelled the September and October community viewings.
Be sure to check back to our website again in April, 2014 
for our updated
Observatory calendar!
Thank you for your interest in our Observatory.
Be sure to also visit the Hurst Planetarium
Star Trails at Camp McGregor
Viewing dates may be canceled or changed due to weather.  If cloudy or inclement weather exist, viewings will not be held.  For reservations, please call Camp McGregor at 517-529-0002 or email at campmcgregor@jcisd.org.  To find out if the viewing is canceled, please call 517-990-8004 for the observatory direct line.  Please note that this number is a recording only.
For more information on the Amateur Astronomers, please visit their website at http://aaoj.info or contact them by e-mail: bfrybarger@ameritech.net 
For more information about the Peter F. Hurst Planetarium, please visit their website  at http://hurstplanetarium.org or contact Mark Reed, the planetarium director by e-mail: mreed@jpsmail.org 
For more information about the Jackson County Mathematics and Science Center, contact the Director, Kristie Morris, at kristie.morris@jcisd.org or by calling 517-768-5151.
Astronomy Camp offers middle school and high school students unique opportunity to look at the stars!
observatoryQuietly sitting in the southwest corner of the county, far away from the city lights, is one of the most high-tech telescopes in the state of Michigan ... a fledging astronomer's dream waiting to show spectacular views of the stars


This summer, Jackson County middle school and high school students can take advantage of this technology stay up all night and learn more about astronomy from experienced teachers and university researchers during Astronomy Camp on June 30 - July 3, at Camp McGregor. Astronomy Camp is an overnight camp where you will be guided through activities and learn about constellations, sunspots, astrophotography (print and digital), variable stars and much more!


To find out more or to register for the camp, click here for the ASTRONOMY CAMP 2013 APPLICATION, or call Luana Jenkins at 768-5251 or email luana.jenkins@jcisd.org .

Previous year's camp was "a blast" !
Astronomy Camp was "a blast" for students who attended. "I never thought stars where that important until I went to camp. I was really scared because I didnt know a lot about astronomy the only thing I really knew about was the zodiac signs. ... What I learned that each and every star has a story to tell." Read more from a camper's letter to her instructors.