Public Observing at Washburn
The UW-Madison Astronomy Department offers free public observing at Washburn Observatory every 1-2 weeks throughout the year. The Open House sessions are hosted by UW astronomy graduate students. The public viewing sessions are informal, so there is no lecture or tour.
The dome is open to the outside air so dress appropriately. Food and drinks, as well as flash photography are not allowed in the observatory.
The status of the upcoming Washburn Observatory Open House is displayed in the Washburn Twitter Feed, which is usually updated approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the session.
Unfortunately, to preserve the original character of Washburn, the telescope is not handicap accessible and is only reachable by climbing a flight of stairs.