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.
2015 Admission
  • adults - $6.00
  • minors 6-12 - $4.00
  • Children under six - free
  • Family Rate: Mom, Dad and their immediate minor children - $18.00

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

  • The Native American Storytelling program scheduled for Friday, March 27
    at 8:30 pm has been canceled due to our guest speaker falling ill.

    Current Observatory Programs

    Wonders of the Winter Sky
    March 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

    Gazing at Jupiter and the Moon
    March 27-28 (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

    Big, Bigger, Biggest
    April 10-11, 17-18 (8:30-10:30 p.m.)

    Planetary Weather
    April 3-4, 24-25 (8:30-10:30 p.m.)

    Next Photography Programs:
    Jupiter - Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 p.m.
    Jupiter - Saturday, April 11 at 10:30 p.m.

    Additional Observatory Programs and Events
    Observatory Flyers

    2015 Public Program Flyer
    (in pdf format)


    2014-15 School Program Flyer
    (in pdf format)

    Astronomy Photographs

    2014 Partial Solar Eclipse
    Taken on October 23, 2014 by Robert Henry

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

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

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