The Gunnison Observatory is open to the public free of charge Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer months. It has a 30 inch telescope that is of research quality, and this whole operation was set up, and is operated with donated funds. The telescope by itself cost somewhere around $500,000 and is used by Western State and others to do research. The City of Gunnison provides the land for $1 per year. There is a high berm that surrounds the observatory which cuts way down on light from Gunnison.
Volunteers including an astronomy professor from Western State College in Gunnison operate the observatory. Local amateur astronomers provide their telescopes for viewing the night sky and answer questions. Donations are encouraged, and we were generous.
This was a very interesting and informative evening and we'll be back here again before we leave here in September.
We were joined by Dennis and Linda from Oklahoma who have followed us on our website and who are staying with us at One Mile campground. We have really enjoyed spending time with them. Yesterday Linda showed Nancy and I how to filet a trout, which should really come in handy as I don't especially like to clean and gut trout. This eliminates the need to do that, which makes me a happy camper.