NEKAAL's Farpoint Observatory
Director: Gary Hug
The Farpoint Observatory provides NEKAAL members with a great tool for astronomy,
including the discovery of new, often very faint, objects.
Located about 30 miles southwest of Topeka, Kansas,
NEKAAL's Farpoint Observatory is equipped with a 17.5 inch reflector, CCD (charge coupled
device) cameras, computer equipment, a classroom for lectures, a mini-kitchen, and
Featuring a 17.5 inch
mirror manufactured by Coulter, the observatory's telescope can be used for both naked-eye
observations and observations of extremely faint objects in the night sky (approximately
20th magnitude) using the CCD cameras. Solar observations will soon be possible with
equipment currently on order. For vibration-free viewing, the telescope is secured at the
base with large, concrete-filled drums isolated from the observatory floor.
Driving Directions to Reach Farpoint
Driving just west of Topeka on Interstate 70, watch for the Auburn Road exit. Go south on
Auburn to the town of Auburn. In Auburn, turn west on Eighth Street. Continue west on
Eighth about eight miles. The road will curve south. About one mile after the curve,
you'll see a road leading west, with a sign saying that this is the road to Mission Valley
High School and NEKAAL's Farpoint Observatory.
About 1.5 miles later, you'll be at Mission Valley High School. On the west side of the
high school grounds, next to a large stone "Farpoint Observatory" sign, is a
gravel road. This runs north, past the high school football field, to the observatory.
Farpoint's Director of Operations
Observatory director Gary Hug is seen here in Farpoint's control room, the McDonald
Computer Center. Thanks to his tireless efforts, Farpoint reliably performs its duties for
NEKAAL members. For the latest Farpoint information, check out Gary's Farpoint Observatory page.
E-mail may be sent to him at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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