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Welcome to the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society

Promoting the science and public education of astronomy, encouraging observational participation in astronomy, and providing outreach for the Leif Everson Observatory.

About Us

Located in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society is a local club and a chapter of the Astronomical League. DPAS is a member of the International Dark Sky Association as well as the Night Sky Network, a teaching arm of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the wonders of the night sky with the local community. Through telescope viewing nights, planetarium shows, monthly meetings, and other outreach events, we hope to bring a little bit of space down to Earth!

Join us at our monthly meetings, viewing nights, or one of our special events!

We typically meet monthly at 7:00pm on the second Tuesday of the month at the Ray and Ruthie Stonecipher Astronomy Center, 2200 Utah Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI. From Highway 42/57, turn East on Utah Street to Cove Road (stop sign) and turn left through the gate. Click here for a map. To get the latest news and information for upcoming events, follow us on Facebook.

DPAS operates and maintains the Leif Everson Observatory. This is equipped with a PlaneWave Instruments 17 inch f/6.8 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph telescope on a state-of-the-art L-500 mount that provides exceptional optical and tracking performance for astrophotography, or research. On a portable mount is a 102mm refractor with a hydrogen alpha filter for studying details of activity on the sun.  DPAS also owns and operates a portable planetarium with a state-of-the-art computer projection system which is used on cloudy nights, daytime activities and for public outreach in local schools and libraries.

The Star Garden at the observatory is used for viewing the sky with unaided vision, binoculars and members’ telescopes. There are also binocular mounts set in concrete which allow people of various heights to share the same view.

Click here to download a membership form to become a member of the DPAS.

The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.

Sir Arthur Eddington, The Nature of the Physical World  (1927)

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