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Lake Afton Public Observatory

25000 West 39th Street South (MacArthur Road)

 The Lake Afton Public Observatory was created in 1979 through the cooperation of four local units of government. Construction and equipment costs were equally divided between Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita. Through 1994, the majority of the operating funds of the Observatory were shared equally by the Wichita Board of Education and Wichita State University. Since then the Observatory has been operated by Wichita State University's Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education with additional funds from Sedgwick County for facilities. All programs, exhibits, and school out-reach materials are designed, prepared, and presented by Observatory staff and volunteers.

Observatory programs also extend beyond its walls through classroom presentations, portable editions of exhibits, instructional astronomy games, video tapes, and astronomy activities for use in the classroom.  Offers programs for the general public on weekend evenings throughout the year. The observatory offers a variety of exhibits and displays. You can make your own telescope, travel through the solar system on a scavenger hunt, or explore the properties of light. At other exhibits, you can see the universe in 3-D or touch a rock from space.


zack Parris-Miller

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Interesting place, however showing signs of aging and funding issues. updated: Since the last review. A new team has taken over the Observatory and have started to make some real improvements. One of the best is Monthly photography sessions where the local club teaches, new photographers how to use there cameras, equipment, or techniques to improve there photos.

Stephanie Ratsamy

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
Not a far drive from Wichita, and it offers the unique experience of being able to simply be in nature away from the lights of the city. I found all staff to be extremely welcoming and very informative. Beautiful area to go to on the weekend with friends. I highly suggest visiting on clear nights. Really great place in Kansas.

Jonathan Lewallen

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Excellent opportunities for viewing solar system and deep space objects. Facility includes a large main telescope and a dark sky area where amateur astronomers bring and share their own telescopes. The hub for a really friendly and passionate community of astronomy enthusiasts who love to answer questions!

Seth Duncan

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
A really great local opportunity to see some beautiful sights in the sky. Good exhibits, knowledgeable and friendly volunteers. VERY close to the park, so it's a great spot to swing by if you're already camping.


Thursday, July 20, 2017
Great place to see the Stars. PS its very dark so you can see them.

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