Werner Schmidt Observatory

Cape Cod

Cape Cod Astronomical Society welcomes visitors to weekly summer 'star parties' at its observatory, behind the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. Peer into the heavens through the observatory's telescope and smaller scopes set up around the grounds. Club members put it all in focus and explain the celestial details – and they love to turn newbies on to stargazing. More details online.

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