A beautiful "sky park" and education complex25 minutes northwest of Lincoln, Nebraska where you can meet with astronomers and explore the night sky through telescopes large and small.


See you at the BOO!

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Gateway to Summer Star Party

June 12th

About Us

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.

Get Involved

We need you! Area astronomy enthusiasts are always invited to join us for any advertised public star party. Set-up your own equipment, or just bring yourself to be an expert for the event.


Would you like to help with construction or program development? Become an

Observatory Associate! Click "More" for information.

Keep up with the latest Branched Oak Observatory news AND astronomy news on our Facebook page


You can also follow along on Twitter at @branchedoakobs


Branched Oak Observatory is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization


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