|The Boothe Memorial Astronomical
Society was formed by a local group of professional and amateur astronomers
in 1953, and its members have been studying our skies and educating people
in the greater Bridgeport area for the past 60 years. Today’s society members
actively pursue public education by hosting observatory tours and viewing
sessions, open houses, "sidewalk astronomy", telescope making classes and
star-hopping nights, demonstrating the same passion for astronomy that
its founding members shared with the public.
Meetings and observing sessions take place at Boothe Memorial Park through the observatory's 16 inch Cassegrain and 4 inch Unitron refractor under the dome, as well as various member's telescopes, the first and third Friday of each month, and at posted times for special events. Those with telscopes of their own are welcome to bring them to the observing site.
Outside of regular meetings, we also
open the observatory for Public Open Houses, School groups, Scouts, Jaycees,
and other groups of people who are interested in a hands on introduction
to observational astronomy.*
*note: If you are seeking a group focused on UFO's, Horoscopes or Science Fiction, you'll probably find more interesting conversation about those topics in another forum.