Grassland Mountain Observatory

Grassland Mountain Observatory

– a private observatory, located in Madison County, NC, that is owned and operated by the Astronomy Club of Asheville


Elevation: 4,130 feet

Latitude: 35 deg., 45.26 minutes North

Longitude: 82 deg., 48.24 minutes West

Equipment: The primary instrument is a Meade LX200R 16-inch f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, utilizing a computer-controlled Paramount ME mount on a permanent pier.  Riding “piggyback” on the primary telescope is a
Stellarvue SVX152T (6-inch) f/8 Premier APO Triplet Refractor.

Facility: (constructed in 2009) The observing space measures approx. 20′ x 16′, with a motorized, roll-off-roof and an attached warm room. Restroom access is available via the adjacent Preserve at Little Pine Lodge.


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Current Weather Conditions
at Grassland Mountain Observatory

Astronomical Times for Grassland Mtn. Obs. (35.7543, -82.8040)
Starting 18 Jan 2020, for the next 2 days
DateMorningSunriseSunsetEveningMoonriseMoonsetMoon Phase
18 Jan 202006:0607:3717:4519:1401:3612:55day 23 of Moon
19 Jan 202006:0607:3717:4619:1502:4213:32

Planetary Data for today

Visible ISS Passes
ISS image. Credit: NASA
DateBrightnessStartHighest pointEnd
17 Jan-2.019:20:3510°SSW19:22:2322°SSE19:22:2322°SSE
18 Jan-1.818:33:3710°SSE18:35:3915°SE18:36:5213°ESE
18 Jan-0.820:08:5610°WSW20:09:5017°WSW20:09:5017°WSW