Lake Afton Public Observatory
A part of
The Fairmount Center for
Science and Mathematics Education

Wichita State University

Young and old alike can share the excitement of the night sky at the Lake Afton Public Observatory. Through the Observatory’s 16-inch telescope you can view such wonders as the giant planet Saturn and its rings, the Moon with its craters and mountains, glowing clouds of gas, star clusters with thousands of stars, and distant galaxies many times bigger than our own Milky Way. After touring the universe, you can explore the Observatory's museum area with its interactive astronomy exhibits.  The Observatory is located about 20 miles west, southwest of downtown Wichita, Kansas.  On these Web pages you will find descriptions and schedules for our public programs, selected astronomical images, and a whole lot more.  When visiting Wichita, make sure you put this unique attraction on your list of things to do.
  • adults - $5.00
  • minors 6-12 - $3.00
  • Children under six - free
  • Family Rate: Mom, Dad and their immediate minor children - $15.00

  • Please note that we are unable to accept credit or debit cards
  • Current Observatory Programs

    How Far is Far?
    October 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)
      November 14-15, 21-22 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)
      December 12-13, 19-20 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)

    Reflections of the Moon
    October 3-4, 31 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)
      November 1, 7-8, 28-29 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)
      December 5-6 (7:30-10:00 p.m.)

    Next Photography Programs:
    Andromeda Galaxy (M31) - Saturday, November 22 at 10:00 p.m.
    Full Moon -
    Saturday, December 6 at 10:00 p.m.

    Additional Observatory Programs and Events
    Upcoming Special Events at the Observatory

      Partial Solar Eclipse
    Thursday, October 23 (4:00 to 6:30 p.m.)

      KAO Telescope Fair
    Saturday, November 22 (7:30 to 10:00 p.m.)
    Observatory Flyers

    2014 Public Program Flyer
    (in pdf format)


    2014-15 School Program Flyer
    (in pdf format)

    Student Assistant Position Available

    Click here for more information  on the Student Assistant Position we currently have open

    Astronomy Photographs

    2012 Solar Eclipse
    Taken on May 20, 2012 by Jim Fullerton

    2012 Venus Transit
    Taken on June 5, 2012 by Jim Fullerton

    2014 Lunar Eclipse
    Taken on April 15, 2014 by Jim Fullerton