Places to Observe
Broemmelsiek Astronomy Site Map to Broemmelsiek Park
Located about 6 miles South of Wentzville, Broemmelsiek Park is a St. Charles County Park with a dedicated astronomy site that is open 24/7. There is paved parking and observing pads (with electricity) and restrooms. Parks has provided shelters for ASEM telescopes, among which are a 14-in Schmidt-Cassegrain in a roll-off roof shelter, a 16-in Jones-Bird and as 32-in Newtonian (the largest telescope available for public viewing in Missouri).
Every Friday night, weather permitting, ASEM members conduct an open house during which most of the telescopes there plus many portable telescopes are used for public viewing. It is a great family event.
On occasion, announced elsewhere on this site, special observing sessions are held.
White Memorial Wildlife Area Map to White Memorial Wildlife Area
Located approximately 18 miles North of Troy, Missouri just West of US 61` highway. Pros for observing include fairly dark skies. Cons include: relatively far, primitive (no facilities of any kind), southern sky becoming more light polluted due to Troy. Trips often arranged through STLastronomy mail list.
Observing Conditions at these three sites
The forecasts below are from Astrospheric.com and show lots of information. In particular: cloud cover, transparency (takes into account smoke and aerosols) and seeing (steadiness of the air). Note the buttons at the bottom of the chart which will switch to the respective site.