OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT AT EMBRY RIDDLE'S NEW 1 METER TELESCOPE APRIL 4, 2014, 8 P.M. TO 11 P.M.
FLORIDA OBSERVATORIES (many have public viewing nights, check their websites for details)
Belen Observatory at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami
Brevard Community College Observatory (24"), Cocoa, FL
Crosby Observatory at Orlando Science Center - 10" Refractor - admission fee to Science Center.
Daytona Beach Small Radio Telescope
Egan Observatory at Florida Gulf Coast University - 16" Ritchey-Chrétien telescope and 5 smaller computer guided go-to telescopes.
Here's a google maps satellite view of the observatory dome, and here's a link with more info about the observatory. Public access through Southwest Florida Astronomical Society.
Embry Riddle Creekside Observatory - OPEN HOUSE OF NEW 1 METER TELESCOPE APRIL 4, 2014, 8 P.M. TO 11 P.M. Their open house events are on selected Friday nights, from 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm, between September and April. Check this link for their Open House page. They have a 20-inch reflector Dall-Kirkham telescope by Planewave Instruments , three 12-inch reflectors, a 4-inch refractor, and a pair of giant binoculars. They are completing the construction of a new observatory to house their new 1 meter Ritchey-Chrétien telescope!
Farrout Observatory, Dade City, FL ("Where Tampa's Astronomers Cluster")
Florida Atlantic Observatory, (14" Celestron Edge HD SCT on a Losmandy Titan 50, and Daystar filter for live Sun Prominences), Boca Raton
Fox Observatory (16"), Sunrise, FL
Kissimmee Park Observatory, Kissimmee, and Facebook link, I believe he's using a 17.5", contact Dave Hearn for group or private visits.
Nicholas Copernicus Observatory at University of Miami
Ortega .8 meter (32") telescope at FIT, Melbourne, FL
Rosemary Hill Observatory (30"), Bronson FL
South Florida Science Museum (14"), West Palm Beach FL (open last Friday of each month to public with admission fee.)
Stocker AstroScience Center at FIU, Miami - Under construction, 24" telescope from ACE ordered (they currently have 12" Meade.)
Star Fields Observatory (private), Chiefland
Univ. of Florida Campus Teaching Observatory, Gainsville FL - Clark 8-inch Refractor by Alvan Clark & Sons - 203 mm / 2920 mm = f/14
12.5-inch Cassegrain Reflector by Army Map Service - 318 mm / 5220 mm = f/16 with a photoelectric photometer; small auxiliary telescope for imaging Moon with CCD.
12-inch Schmidt- Cassegrain by Meade Instruments - 305 mm / 3048 mm = f/10, on movable tripod; computer controlled.
8 inch Schmidt- Cassegrain by Meade Instruments - 200 mm / 2000 mm = f/10
Six telescopes that can be mounted on permanent piers outside the observatory building.
5-inch Schmidt- Cassegrain by Celestron International - 127 mm / 1200 mm = f/10
University of Central Florida's Robinson Observatory, Orlando, FL - 20" Richey Chretien telescope and a bunch of 8" Meade Schmidt Cassegrains, here's The Robinson Observatory website, and their Open House Schedule
University of Florida Radio Jove Observatory
Bishop Planetarium - Bradenton
Brevard Community College Planetarium - Cocoa
Broward College Buehler Planetarium - Davie
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium - Fort Myers
Florida Southern College Miller Planetarium - Lakeland
Florida State University Pat Thomas Planetarium - Tallahassee
Indian River State College Halstrom Planetarium - Fort Pierce
Miami Science Museum Space Transit Planetarium (watch for their new museum and planetarium opening 2015!)
Santa Fe College Kika Silva Pla Planetarium - Gainesville
Seminole State College Planetarium - Sanford
South Florida Science Museum's Dekelboum Planetarium (formerly known as the Buzz Aldrin Planetarium) - West Palm Beach
St. Petersburg College Planetarium
Tampa Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) The Saunders Planetarium
University Astronomy Programs
Florida Institute of Technology Astronomy and Astrophysics Group
Florida Atlantic Dept. of Physics
FIU Dept. of Physics (Astronomy) and Dr. James R. Webb's page
University of Central Florida Physics
University of Florida Dept. of Astronomy
(Top of page images from left to right: a private observatory with telescope peeking through the dome in Chiefland Florida, Seminole State College Planetarium SETI Engineer Presentation, Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex Floating Celestial Sphere, The Rocket Thrower outside the Orlando Science Center (which has a public observatory) based on a World's Fair Statue, Robinson Observatory at University of Central Florida; all images by Jason W. Higley)
Above you can get a sense of how high up the new 1 meter telescope will be at Embry Riddell in Daytona, Florida (my estimate being around ~6 stories.) Photo by me on 7 July, 2013.
Notice how the giant telescope pier directly under the dome angles off at the last level of the new Embry Riddell Observatory..
They are installing the windows to the left as of 7 July 2013.
This is the amazing massive pier to isolate the new 1 meter telescope from the building being constructed around it.