Powell Observatory is owned and operated by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City and staffed by volunteer ASKC members.
Public NightsThe observatory is open to the public Saturday nights, May through October and for special astronomical events. Public programs include an educational presentation on an interesting astronomy topic, a tour of the night sky and viewing through the telescopes (weather permitting). See schedule for hours and details.
Requested Donation: 12 & Over: $8 | 5-11: $5 | Under 5: Free
Because the observatory is staffed by volunteers, we request a donation upon entry to help maintain and operate the observatory.
About the Observatory
Built in 1984 by society members, the observatory is located about 25 miles South of Kansas City in Lewis-Young Park, just North of Louisburg, KS. At this location, skies are much darker than in the city. The observatory has one of the largest telescopes open to the public in a five-state area - the Ruisinger Telescope, a Newtonian reflector with a 30" diameter mirror. In addition, the observatory has other telescopes available for public viewing.
No white lights (headlights, flashlights, mobile phones, etc.) are allowed at the observatory. Red flashlights are allowed. Please dim your headlights when approaching and leaving the observatory.
26500 Melrose Street
Louisburg, KS 66053