Highland Road Park Observatory

12th Annual


21 April 2018 Raffle
Tickets $5.00 each; must be eighteen or older to purchase.
Drawing at 10:00 pm; ticket holder need not be present to win.

Tickets available right now!


Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
What do you do with a best-selling, fan-favorite telescope that has developed a dedicated following among amateur astronomers the world over? Orion has given its popular XT8 Classic Dobsonian a serious makeover! This is a deluxe upgrade of Orion’s popular XT8 Classic Dobsonian. It boasts multiple key feature enhancements and an eye-catching metallic blue optical tube that rides on a redesigned base with adjustable altitude tension knobs. It has convenient thumbscrew-adjustable secondary mirror for easy collimation without tools! Features include a two-inch dual-speed Crayford focuser with 11:1 fine-focus provides precise focus adjustments for sharp views. Upgraded accessories include a 2" 28mm DeepView eyepiece, 1.25" 10mm Sirius Plossl eyepiece, Shorty 2x Barlow, eyepiece rack, EZ Finder II reflex sight, collimation cap, and more! Value: $449.99.

Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope


Orion FunScope Astro Dazzle 4.5" Reflector Telescope Kit
This easy-to-use FunScope features a uniquely decorated, rolled steel telescope tube adorned with an exclusive collage of actual celestial photographs of some of the most famous objects in space. This kid-friendly scope is a full-fledged telescope that’s great for all-around observing of the night sky. With a sophisticated, 4.5"-aperture parabolic primary mirror and 500mm focal length, this reflector telescope collects a lot of light for wonderful wide-field views. This is a great telescope for young stargazers to use with adult supervision for jaw-dropping views of the Moon, planets, and even brighter star clusters and nebulas of deep space. Its compact design and light weight makes it easy to transport, while its sturdy swivel-base can be set on any flat suitable surface for comfortable use. The base’s simple up/down, left/right motion makes it easy to point and to slowly track celestial objects as they appear to move across the sky. The Astro Dazzle arrives with a great set of accessories—everything you need to start exploring the Heavens right out of the box! 25mm (20x) and 10mm (50x) eyepieces, MoonMap 260, Star Target planisphere, Usborne Discovery internet-linked astronomy book and Starry Night SE astronomy software digital download! Value: $99.31.

Orion FunScope Astro Dazzle 4.5 inch Reflector Telescope Kit


Orion 10x50 E-Series Waterproof Astronomy Binocular
This is a great 10x50 binocular for both beginning and experienced amateur astronomers alike. The big 50mm lenses and 10-power magnification work together to provide wonderful views—day or night. Waterproof construction insures worry-free use in almost any weather. The multi-coated optics and BAK-4 porro prisms deliver a bright, clear 6.5° field-of-view. The 19mm eye relief for comfortable views.

Orion 10x50 E-Series Waterproof Astronomy Binocular


HRPO Starter Set
An amazing balance of kid and adult assistance, together with easy-to-understand instructions and amazing visuals, make for a brilliant Starter Kit. Kit includes the revised fourth edition of Terence Dickinson’s Nightwatch (192pp.), the Miles Kelly 300 Fantastic Facts: Space (128pp.), Sky & Telescope’s Star Wheel (made specifically for Baton Rouge’s latitude!) and the classic Charles Wood Lunar 100 card.

Nightwatch book


The drawing will take place at 10:00 pm on 21 April 2018.
The first ticket drawn will be for the HRPO Starter Set.
The second ticket drawn will be for the Explorer Binocular.
The third ticket drawn will be for the FunScope Kit.
The fourth ticket drawn will be for the 8" Orion Dobsonian telescope.

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Updated by Frederick J. Barnett on Thursday, April 5, 2018, 12:51 PM.