About the ObservatoryLocated on the roof of Royall Hall, UMKC Volker Campus for 40 years, the Warkoczewski ("Warko") Observatory is owned by the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) and operated by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC).
Observing instruments include:
Custom-built 16” Warkoczewski Telescope
Meade 10” and 14” LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain computerized telescopes
For solar viewing:
Coronado PST Solar Telescope
80mm refacting telescope with Daystar “Quark” Hydrogen Alpha filter
Public NightsThe observatory is normally open to the public CLEAR Friday nights, May through October, and for special astronomical events.
Public programs are given throughout the season and may include an educational astronomy presentation and viewing through the telescopes (if skies are clear). Staff astronomers—volunteers from the ASKC—will treat visitors to some of the best views of Solar System objects in the area, including the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Some Deep Space objects such as the Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula and Hercules Globular Cluster are generally observed, but views depend on sky conditions.
Solar viewing may be available before sunset.
Please check our Facebook Page for more information.
Opening TimesMay 13 to May 24 8:00 pm
June 3 to Aug. 5 8:30 pm
Aug. 12 to Oct. 28 7:30 pm
During high heat index days or very high temperatures, the observatory will not open until after sundown.
Roof space is limited. Please, no chairs, coolers, personal telescopes or other large items.
DonationsThanks to UMKC, there is no charge to visit the Warko. Because ASKC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we hope you will consider making a donation at Warko or our web site to help offset costs associated with our mission of education and outreach. Thank you for your support!
Questions & Private EventsContact Joe Wright, Warko Operations Manager:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913.208.0924 (call between 9 am and 5 pm only, please)