The St. Charles County Parks Department has created a unique addition to their new Broemmelsiek Park with a dedicated site for astronomy. The site features 24/7 access, with 9 paved telescope stations each with 20-amp electrical service for telescopes that can benefit from electrical power, a patio entrance area for non-powered telescopes, as well as connecting sidewalks. There is also ample paved parking, a water fountain, and accessible restrooms. The Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) hosts public star gazing events here (for scheduled events, see the calendar on the main page, http://start.asemonline.org/) and many impromptu events wherein members can conveniently get together to observe, or for digital imaging. The site is free and open to the public. The site is on Schwede Road at Wilson Road in central St. Charles County. See map and link to Google Maps, below.
In addition, every Friday night (if not cloudy), the ASEM presents a public open house at the observatory building (seen below, left of center, in the background). The observatory building contains a Celestron 14-inch telescope which is used at public star gazing events and is available to ASEM members for personal studies and astro-photography. There is a 16-in telescope also used at public programs and available to ASEM members for personal use on other occasions. See link at bottom of page to learn more about this telescope.
Plans are underway to place the ASEM 32-in telescope at a location on the other side of the parking lot. See the link at bottom of page to learn more about this facility.
Panoramic views of the Astronomy Complex at Broemmelsiek Park: