Warko Observatory

Visit the Warko Observatory for a view of the moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, bright star clusters, double stars and maybe even nebulae and galaxies.

Roof of Royall Hall with telescope

Located on the roof of Royall Hall, the Warkoczewski Observatory — affectionately called the Warko (pronounced “Varko”) — is open on most clear Friday evenings, starting at dusk, from May 1 through October 31.

Admission is free.

The largest telescope is a 16 3/8-inch Newtonian reflector hand-made by Stan Warkoczewski and operated by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC). Our newest telescopes – made possible by generous gifts from the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association and the ASKC – are a 14-inch Meade LX200 computerized, Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector plus a Meade Coronado solar telescope mounted piggyback.

Free parking is available during the open hours of the observatory in the parking garage just south of Royall Hall. Access the rooftop observatory through the stairway located just inside the double doors on the east side of Royall Hall immediately opposite of Haag Hall.

Bring warm clothing for early spring and late fall nights.

 

If you are interested in doing your own backyard astronomy but are not sure what to buy, we recommend reading this article from Sky & Telescope to give you some guidance.