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Coordinates (WGS-84 datum)
N 42° 47.729'   W 076° 11.206'
Preble,   New York   13141
United States    Near By Caches

Hidden On: 30 Jun 2002
Waypoint (Landmark): N002AF
Open Cache:  Personal use only
Cache type:  Virtual
Cache size:   Virtual

Difficulty: gps (easy)
Terrain: gps (easy)

Misc: No drinking water! No restrooms (water closets) available Disabled access. Parking is available


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Find your local observatory, and tell us all about it!

This is a virtual, locationless geocache. There is no box to find, but we think you'll have fun participating in a geocaching adventure of astronomical proportions. After all the time you've spent looking down at your GPS receiver, this geocache will give you a chance to start looking up!

Go here to learn about the Syracuse Astronomical Society, and its observatory at Darling Hill. It's on Strong Road, off Route 80, just west of Tully, New York.

The website for Sky and Telescope Magazine has a galaxy of resources for amateur astronomers. If you're new to astronomy, start out with binoculars, rather than a telescope. Binoculars are useful for many other recreational activities, so they're a good investment. Buy a pair the higher-quality BAK-4 prisms. Skip the zoom models because they generally have inferior optics. Astronomers like the 7x50 and 10x50 sizes. You may prefer something smaller, but large objective lenses gather more light. Those big 50mm lenses will show you more stars!

Here are the rules to log this locationless geocache:

1. Visit an observatory, and use your GPS receiver to make a waypoint. When you submit your log, be sure to fill in the boxes for the lat-longitude coordinates. Identify the observatory's location by street address, city, and state. Include some information about the observatory in your log report, and if it has a website, please include the url.

Note: an observatory is NOT a planetarium. At an observatory you'll see real stars. At a planetarium, you won't.

Take a photo that shows you, your GPS and the observatory. Take an additional photo that shows a sign bearing the observatory's name, and one more photo with a good view of the area. Three photos should be enough to share the story of your visit. You might even manage with only two. Only original photos taken during your visit will qualify. Upload the photos immediately after submitting your log report. You may add links to the observatory's website to enhance your log, but not in place of original photos. See the photos on this page for examples.

3. You may log only one observatory visit for this cache, and that observatory may appear only once on this cache page. Please check the full list of logs to make sure you are the only player to log your particular observatory. Duplicates will be deleted. Now go have some fun looking up. FYI, the Perseids meteor shower is coming up around August 12th, and you won't need a telescope or binoculars to see them. They'll be all over the sky!


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I found it! 08 Apr 2004 by  Capu  (Finds: 1  Score: 2)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

The observatory of the amateur astronomers club Vega of Hämeenlinna. Is located on the top of the old water tower. Observatory's location is N 60 59.634 and E 024 25.743. The amateur astronomer's club homepage URL: http://www.htk.fi/public/vega/torni.html (Sorry only in finnish)
[Modified 2004-04-08 13:16:33]

  cameraThe Observatory seen from a distance
  cameraCloseup photo
  cameraThe telescope and a CCD-camera

I found it! 01 Apr 2004 by  sinned  (Finds: 1  Score: 2)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Non-commercial use only

HARQUAHALA SMITHSONIAN OBSERVATORY built in 1920 on one of southwestern Arizona mountains see web site http://www.az.blm.gov/pfo/harqc.htm N33* 48.765 W113*20.988
[Modified 2004-04-02 19:47:06]


I found it! 09 Mar 2004 by  MapLady  (Finds: 35  Score: 131)    (Hidden: 6  Score: 24)
    Open Log:  Unrestricted

The York Observatory in York, England was built by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society following the inaugural meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1831. It has an earlier rotating roof designed by John Smeaton who also designed the Eddystone Lighthouse. The observatory housed what was for many years the largest refracting telescope in the world designed and built by Thomas Cook of York, whose firm also built the Greenwich transit instrument. It was restored and refitted to mark the British Association's 150th anniversary meeting in York in 1981 and was officially opened by its President, HRH the Duke of Kent. A plaque on the building gives the lat and log as 53 degrees 57 min 40 sec N and 1 degree 5 min 12 sec W. My GPS showed N 58 57.686 W 1 5.282.

  cameraYork,UK Observatory GPS
  cameraYork, UK Observatory

I found it! 19 Dec 2003 by  Snurger  (Finds: 1  Score: 2)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

This is Swasey Observatory on the campus of Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

You don't know where Granville, OH is? Well, neither did I until my daughter decided to attend DU.

More specifically, the observatory is located at
N40º 04.273 W82º 31.237.

  cameraObservatory entrance with sign.
  cameraFrom the back of the building, with GPSr.

Note 13 Jan 2003 by  bsteeboy  (Finds: 1  Score: 6)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

Goodsell Observator, 2nd St and Nevada St, Northfield Minnesota, Goodhue County. Located on the campus of Carleton College. Six and Ten inch refractors for planetary observation, primarily.

  cameraGoodsell Observatory

I found it! 22 Jul 2002 by  Team Ferret  (Finds: 56  Score: 244.5)    (Hidden: 8  Score: 32.5)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

N 42° 00.109 W 076° 02.020
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Kopernik Observatory
Here's Mark standing in front of the observatory.
Kopernik Space Education Center
698 Underwood Rd
Vestal, NY 13850
We came to the observatory at about 8:30 PM, hence the darkish photos. We went inside to inquire about the facilities, and it appears that the observatory is only open once a month in the summer to the public. The rest of the time they have camps for local high school students. They were giving a class on astrophotography while we were there.

Team Ferret
Mark and Terre

  cameraMark w/ GPS
  cameraMain building

I found it! 10 Jul 2002 by  THE DAM TROLLS  (Finds: 13  Score: 51.5)    (Hidden: 0  Score: 0)
    Open Log:  Personal use only

N 39 33.747 W 76 17.181

Located on the college campus, this observatory is used only by a few classes. We went here back a few years ago to view Halley's comet the last time it passed by, we will go here the next time too. It does not have a name, and we can't remember any info on the optics.

Thanks for the fun, THE DAM TROLLS

[Modified 2005-02-27 22:07:16]

  cameraGPS SHOT


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