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.


Schedule of Observatory Events

Schedule of Observatory Viewing Sessions for 2017-2018 (weather permitting):

September 15, 2017
October 20, 2017
November 17, 2017
December 15, 2017
January 19, 2018
February 16, 2018
March 16, 2018
April 20, 2018
May 18, 2018

*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.