Charlotte Campus Observatory


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.

FSW Chralotte Campus Observatory at Sunset

Schedule of Observatory Events

Schedule of Observatory Viewing Sessions for 2018-2019 (weather permitting):

September 7, 2018
October 5, 2018
November 2, 2018
December 7, 2018
January 4, 2019
February 1, 2019
March 1, 2019
April 5, 2019
May 3, 2019

*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.