Charlotte Campus Observatory

Come out and see the stars!

FSW Chralotte Campus Observatory at Sunset.

Visit the James & Barbara Moore Observatory located at Florida SouthWestern State College's beautiful Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.

For more information and highlights of special viewing sessions, please call the Observatory Information Line at (941) 637-3518.

Schedule of Observatory Events

Viewing Sessions for 2019-2020 (weather permitting):

  • September 27, 2019
  • October 25, 2019
  • November 22, 2019
  • December 27, 2019
  • January 24, 2020
  • February 28, 2020
  • March 27, 2020
  • April 24, 2020
  • May 22, 2020

*Observation sessions typically begin about 30-45 minutes after it is dark enough to see the stars and continue as long as stargazers linger. Prior to complete darkness, visitors can not be admitted into the observatory as the equipment needs to be setup and aligned with the stars each time but early arrivers are welcome to enjoy views of the lake and the scenery of the campus from the lakeside picnic tables.

*The public sessions are free and held at least once monthly from September through May, weather permitting.

*Extra openings are sometimes scheduled or dates are changed depending on celestial events.

*For more information or special group openings, call (941) 637-5652.