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Observatory - Intriguing Experience

Ashton Observatory is a great way for kids to "get their feet wet" and experience the night sky. I... read more

Reviewed September 7, 2017
Diana P
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Tucson, Arizona
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A great little park off Highway 330 near Baxter

I first went to Ashton to take a tour of the observatory at night. The telescope is small and the... read more

Reviewed March 4, 2017
david_hance_iowa
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Ankeny, Iowa
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Sep 7, 2017
“Observatory - Intriguing Experience”
Mar 4, 2017
“A great little park off Highway 330 near Baxter”
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8755 W 122nd St N, In Ashton-Wildwood County Park, Mingo, IA 50168-8570
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Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

Ashton Observatory is a great way for kids to "get their feet wet" and experience the night sky. I took my 8yr old grandson who just got a telescope for his birthday. The man who greeted us showed him how to use the telescope, gave...More

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Reviewed March 4, 2017

I first went to Ashton to take a tour of the observatory at night. The telescope is small and the observatory is on a high mound but not a high mountain. The night sky is about as good here as anywhere in central Iowa. You...More

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Reviewed October 8, 2015

Ashton Observatory is quietly nestled on a hilltop in Ashton-Wildwood County Park near Mingo in Jasper County. About a 20 minute drive northeast of Des Moines, near the intersection of Iowa highway 330 and county road F17. It is operated and maintained by the Des...More

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