Analemma Society Programs

  • RATO

    Analemma Society uses the RATO observatory.  The Roll-Top Observatory complements this for public observing made available through Fairfax County Park Authority for astronomical observing events and educational classes.

  • M13 Globular Cluster

    Analemma Society has educational programs throughout the year to dexplain astronomical objects and their relevance to our lives.

  • Public Observing

    Analemma Society holds regular public star-gazing nights at Observatory Park, Turner Farm, Great Falls Virgnia through cooperation with the Fairfax County Park Authority.

  • Looking into the Sky

    Analemma Society in cooperation with Fairfax County Park Authority makes available the Remote Accessed Telescope Observatory (RATO) for astronomical imaging.  In the near future, students will be able to request astronomical images through this website.

  • Roll-Top Observatory

    Fairfax County Park Authority opened the new Roll-Top observatory and classrooms in.  The facility is now used extensively for Fairfax County Park Programs and Analemma Society Friday night observing and educational programs.

  • Veil Nebula

    The Analemma Society was founded in 1998 to foster science through astronomy.  Star-Gazing at the moon, stars, and deep sky objects is a regular public event.

  • Roll-Top Observatory

    The new Roll-Top observatory is open for Friday night public observing and for Fairfax County Park Authority courses and other events in the classroom.  The facility, dedicated in 2016 is open on clear Friday nights for observing assisted by Analemma Society volunteers.

M27 750x600Ever wonder what telescope to buy?  Refractor, Reflector ... Big Scope or a Little Scope ... Dobsonian Mount ... or maybe just a good pair of binoculars and a star catalog.  As they say, this isn't rocket science.  Here's an excellent article: So You Wanna Buy a Telescope - Advice For Beginners by Ed Ting.  Ed walks through the type of telescopes and eyepieces and even the types of binoculars that will help you get started with a great view of the sky.

"The simplicity part is important...Beginners need early success, and the 6" or 8" aperture is big enough to throw up a bright image of most common celestial objects.