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 Town: Cheney

Observing site:  Cheney Lake Area

Contact person: kao@kscable.com

Restrictions: If you use the public camping area, there will be a $5 or $10 charge.

Directions: West of Wichita about 25 miles.  We generally go to the "shooting range" which is free and has a parking lot that can be used.  This is "primitive" in that there is no electricity and no facilities.   To get there take 251 North from Highway 54 when you get to Cheney.  You'll go about 10 miles north toward Newton and then take a gravel road east about 2 miles to the Shooting Range.  You'll not likely run into other astronomers here but if you are looking for a good remote place to set up, this one is hard to beat.   Click here to go to Mapquest.com to create a map.

Current weather:   Click for Cheney, Kansas Forecast

 
Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night:
     At the zenith: 6+
     East: 6+
     West: 6+
     North: 6+
     South: 6+

Best horizon (direction and approximate altitude cut-off): not supplied

Worst horizon (direction and approximate altitude cut-off): not supplied

Comments from contributor: You'll not likely run into other astronomers here but if you are looking for a good remote place to set up, this one is hard to beat.  Best suggestion is to contact the Kansas Astronomical Observers first.  Chances are, you'll find someone in the club heading out to either Lake Afton, Cheney or some other private site.

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Town: Wichita

Observing site:  Lake Afton Public Observatory

Address:  West of Wichita 8 miles on McArthur Road

Zip Code: 67201

URL: http://webs.wichita.edu/lapo

Restrictions: None

Directions: South on Southwest Blvd to McArthur Road and East 8 miles.    Click here to go to Mapquest.com to create a map.

Current weather:   Click for Wichita, Kansas Forecast

 

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Typical naked-eye magnitude limit on a clear, moonless night:
     At the zenith: 6
     East: 4
     West: 6
     North: 6
     South: 6

Best horizon: West

Worst horizon: East

Comments from contributor: There are two areas the public can use.  The Observatory itself houses a 16" Cassegrain and charges a couple of bucks for access (long lines usually).  The Observatory dome is open to the public on weekends and holidays (Friday included).  The better place is immediately behind the observatory.  A large pad with electricity for drives and computers (and coffee pots!) is available free of charge.  There are pier mounts for SC type scopes.  On a good night, there will be spill over on to the grassy areas for Dob users.

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