Branched Oak Observatory is an astronomy park located just southeast of the Branched Oak Recreation Area 20 miles outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. This makes it not only a short convenient drive from the city, but far enough out to enjoy relatively dark skies. Slowly, the park will grow into a major astronomy education facility.
Once or twice a month, the Branched Oak Observatory is open to the general public and students of Astronomy. With the help of local astronomers, we set-up a variety of telescopes and explore the night sky.
Here is your chance to see planets, nebulae, star clusters and galaxies live. Public events are always free-of-charge.
The Branched Oak Observatory is pleased to announce, through a generous donation from Bob Finke of International Propeller Service, the Jayden & Rutledge Finke SATCOM Array. This SATCOM Array is the only public SATCOM Array in the world at a public Observatory! Soon classrooms will be able to contact and speak with the International Space Station! Contact us to find out more information.