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VSU Planetarium Shows
A Facility of Georgia State University, the observatory is a resource for professional and amateur astronomers. HLCO brings the wonders of the Universe to Georgia residents.
Professional astronomers from Georgia State University take advantage of the dark skies, away from the light pollution. You will observe objects as near as the Moon and as far away as the edge of our visible Universe. Research telescopes are a 20" R-C Optics Telescios, 16" Boller & Chivens and a 16" Meade.

Hard Labor Creek Observatory is open to the public one Saturday per month from March until October. For larger groups requesting a private tour, please call.
Public Open House Shows
Hard Labor Creek Observatory is open to the public one Saturday per month from March until October. In case of inclement weather, the facilities will be still open for a tour and a brief slideshow.

No reservations are required, but organizers of large groups (of more than 20 people) should confirm visit times with the GSU Department of Physics and Astronomy at 404-413-6033 at least one week prior to the open house.
Contact, Address and Website
Phone: 404-413-6033 - GPS coordinates: latitude: 33 40 19.7 and longitude: W 83 35 46.0 - Located in the middle of Hard Labor Creek State Park - Directions from Atlanta: Take I-20 east to exit 105 (formerly exit 49), the exit for Rutledge. Turn left after getting off of the freeway (if coming from Augusta, turn right). Continue on this road until it ends at at intersection. Turn left, then immediately right (after about 100 feet). Go over the railroad tracks, and through downtown Rutledge; there is a stop sign in a barrel at the intersection, a landmark you can't mistake. Stay on this road; it will eventually enter Hard Labor Creek State Park, which is marked by a wall on either side of the entrance. After entering the park, you will pass a golf course on the left. Continue on the road, which will eventually bend left, cross a bridge and bend right; there will be a lake on the left as you cross the bridge. The road will go up a hill.....just past the top of the hill (about 50 yards), there is a dirt road going off to the right. This road leads to the observatory, and should be marked by a sign. Follow the dirt road to the observatory. There is plenty of parking at the observatory, or along the long dirt road to the observatory. Do NOT park on the highway. Please be courteous and turn off your headlights when you get to the observatory to avoid blinding the other visitors. - Hard Labor Creek Observatory Website
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