Rhode Island's largest telescope and dark-sky location

June 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Hey folks,

was out the last two nights doing astrophotography from one of Rhode Island's darkest locations -- the Frosty Drew Observatory & Sky Theater at Ninigret Park in Charlestown!  If you want to see a good milky way arc across the wide open sky, meteors, constellations and much more, visit Frosty Drew.  It vast area nature preserve with all kinds of birds and other wildlife.  The nature center and sky theater is  open to the public and you can go on their site to see what programs are running.

Frosty Drew is a planetarium-like experience.  Because Ninigret Park is close to the water, the skies are dark towards the south.  Some light pollution is evident towards the northern sky.  The observatory is home to Rhode Island's largest telescope - a 16-inch SCT.  They have free public viewings on Friday nights.  Last night I was there to capture some night sky images of the moon and jupiter above the observatory.

Beware though -- the mosquitos are like pirranas.  Ninigret Park also has a nice playground and picnic benches.  Check out their site at:

http://frostydrew.org/observatory/

 


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