Haggart Observatory Public Nights

Through a partnership with Clackamas Community College, RCA maintain the Haggart Observatory located at the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center on the CCC campus in Oregon City.  To offer the public a unique opportunity to access this rare community resource, RCA operates the observatory on select nights on behalf of CCC.

Register for Haggart Observatory Viewing


RCA members who are interested in volunteering at the observatory during these events are encouraged to contact haggart@rosecityastronomers.org for operator training.  Volunteers are also eligible to use the observatory on a limited basis for club observing time; they may contact the Haggart Liaison at the above email address to arrange scheduling.

Group Viewing

Opportunities for group viewing events at Haggart Observatory are limited, but arrangements may be made through the Environmental Learning Center administrator, Renee Harber.

On most nights, RCA volunteers will also set up the observatory's smaller telescopes on the outdoor deck to look through in between visits to the largest telescope.


Please NOTE: call 503-594-6044 Option 1 after 3:00 p.m. on the day of the event for a recorded announcement about the status of the night's event. Scheduled Public Nights might be cancelled on account of:

  • Poor sky conditions - generally any forecast for skys that are not at least "mostly clear".

  • A lack of volunteers to open and coordinate the event.

  • Other circumstances affecting the safety of RCA volunteers and visiting guests.

If you plan on attending one of these Public Nights, please pay attention to the following:

  • Depending on the number of people showing up at any one time, you may have to wait your turn to view through the main telescope - and your viewing time may be limited in order to give others waiting a similar opportunity.

  • You will have to be physically able to climb stairs to reach the observing deck and a ladder to actually view through the telescope. Wear shoes without heels.

  • Please DO NOT bring flashlights of any kind. There is adequate local light to see the path to the observatory and climb the stairs.

  • Limited parking is located directly across from the observatory and in nearby lots.

  • Click on the Haggart Clear Sky Chart above to look at the prediction we generally rely on when making our decision whether or not to cancel an event based on sky conditions.

Driving Directions

From 1-205 (either direction) :

  • Take Exit 10 ("Park Place") onto Highway 213 headed east (towards Molalla)

  • Continue on Hwy 213 for about 3 miles up the canyon to the intersection with Beavercreek Road

  • Turn left onto Beavercreek Road (heading east)

  • At the second stop light, turn right - onto Clackamas Community College Campus.

  • Turn right at the stop sign onto South Douglas Loop Road

  • Turn right at the first road (Inskeep Drive)

  • Park in one of the lots on your left and walk across the street into the Environmental Learning Center and follow the signs to the Observatory

Printable Directions

Other information about Haggart Observatory:

Groups and organizations interested in scheduling a private event at the Observatory should contact the RCA Haggart Observatory Coordinator

RCA Members should check out the Haggart Observatory section of the RCA Forum about how and when members can schedule personal use of the Observatory.

If you have any further question, contact the RCA Haggart Observatory Coordinator via email: haggart@rosecityastronomers.org