The Great Meadow Public Observing Night for tonight (Friday -[masked]) is cancelled due to bad weather and the observing field is too wet to drive on.
Don't have a telescope? No problem. Our experienced members are always willing to share their telescopes with the public!
TIME OF EVENT, MAP, DIRECTIONS, PARKING AND RULES LISTED BELOW
CLICK HERE TO DISPLAY A MAP OF GREAT MEADOW SHOWING THE OBSERVING FIELD AND WHERE TO PARK
THE EVENT IS FROM ~ 6:00 PM TO 11:00 PM
RED FLASHLIGHTS ONLY ON THE OBSERVING FIELD. YOU CAN COVER WHITE LIGHT FLASHLIGHTS WITH RED PLASTIC.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A TELESCOPE TO SET UP PLEASE PARK IN THE PUBLIC PARKING AREA!
Via I-66 West from DC -- The exit from I-66 is exit 31 (The Plains exit; 9 miles past Haymarket), left turn (head south) onto HW 245 (Old Tavern Road). Go approximately 1.9 miles to the Pass Gate entrance on the left side. The Pass Gate entrance is across the road from where Old Winchester Road intersects Old Tavern Road. If you intersect HW 17 you have gone too far.
Note that all of the numbered gate entrances will be locked. Only the Pass gate at the intersection of Old Tavern RD (Rt. 245) and Old Winchester RD (Rt. 845) is open. The Pass gate entrance is directly across from the Old Tavern Corner Store.
1 . After turning into the Pass gate take the first (immediate) left turn.
2. Proceed on the gravel-dirt road for 0.2 miles and turn right (the third right turn).
3. Proceed on gravel-dirt road for 0.33 miles to observing area. PUBLIC PARKING IS JUST BEFORE YOU REACH THE OBSERVING AREA ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD (SEE MAP - SIGNS WILL BE POSTED FOR THE PUBLIC PARKING AREA). For this 0.33 mile stretch, you go down a hill to the race track rail (fence) and veer left on the road which will take you around the race track rail (rail will be on your right) to the observing area. You go past a sign on the left that says “Rail Side Tents #[masked] Parking”. If you go past a sign on the left that says “Rail Side Tents #[masked] Parking” you have gone just past the observing site.
4. You may park on the grass unless it is extremely wet and muddy.