Taylor Observatory

  • Taylor Observatory / Norton Planetarium is a facility owned by Lake County Office of Education, located beneath the dark skies of Lake County, in Kelseyville California.

    The facility features a 36 seat classroom, a 16 inch research grade telescope under a dome, a 32 seat planetarium with a 6.2 meter (20 ft.) domed ceiling and an Epsilon Model Digitarium Star Projector System.

    The Taylor facility also boasts over 10,000 square feet of outdoor space and is well-equipped for students, teacher workshops and the general public to experience Science and Astronomy.

    This facility is predominately used for educational and scientific purposes, in support of Lake County's K-12 grade students. It is only open to the public during specific events.

    There is currently a Spring Sky Lecture series being presented on specific Wednesday evenings. Visit our calendar for more details.

    The Friends of Taylor Observatory (FOTO) are hosting Friday Nights at the Taylor. During the new moon each month, there is a "Windows to the Universe" public event. Please visit the events calendar on the Friends of Taylor Observatory website to find out more.

    School field trips can be booked online or by emailing Elisa Prather at eprather@lakecoe.org for more information.

    Use of the facility for other meetings should be reserved through the Lake County Office of Education.