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SPMOS Observing Site

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The Sandras-Paulk Memorial Observing Site (SPMOS) is located in Franklinton, Louisiana, approximately a one hour drive north of New Orleans. The site is situated on three acres of land, surrounded by a developing pine forest. The area is rural and provides a unique setting for observing. Dark skies here are as good as it gets in Southern Louisiana.

PAS Observatory w/C-11 Scope


  • A 3m observa-dome, housing a Celestron 11" Schmidt Cassegrain.
  • A utility barn that stores maintenance equipment.
  • A heated and air conditioned bunkhouse that sleeps 10, including a bathroom facility consisting of a toilet, sink, shower and new water heater that helps to make the SPMOS one of the finest Dark Sky Observing Sites in the country.
  • 120 volt power is available on the observing field & picnic area.

This facility is readily available for use to all of our members. Grounds maintenance is provided on a voluntary basis by PAS members.

All guests must be accompanied by a PAS member.

CLICK HERE to read a few words about the light rules at SPMOS.

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