Natskies Observatory is a public outreach astronomical facility located near Panchagani, in some of the darkest skies in Maharashtra. The site was chosen as one of the locations in the Maharashra which has the least amount of intrusive light pollution.Put Natskies Observatory on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Satara travel route builder app.
The primary function of the observatory is outreach via public events. Our goal is to bring in members of the public of all ages from school children in primary school and upwards with an aim to engage in discussions and observations of the Universe. We do this in a way that is friendly, informative and interesting through our amazing team of astronomers, guest speakers and volunteers.
Visiting the observatory
The observatory is generally only open when an event is being run or for the advanced bookings, details of which can be found on our events page. At other times members of the public are welcome to walk up and roam around the observatory building during the daytime. Our events usually run in the evenings and on occasion during the summer months in the daytime for families, which are loads of fun too.
When events are taking place the observatory is only accessible to those who have booked in advance, numbers are limited due to health and safety and enable us to give our guests ample time at the telescopes. Our expert astronomers will be on hand to show you how our telescopes work and how you can best view through them, no previous experience is required! For specialist event evenings such as astro-photography nights you are welcome to bring along your own equipment and use this at the observatory, we’d be happy to offer you our help and guidance.
Note: Whilst we encourage visitors to walk around the outside of the observatory during the daytime, to take in the magnificent views of the surrounding Sahydis region, the observatory itself is only open to members of the public who have booked with us via our events page.
Natskies Observatory Reviews
I witnessed meteor shower event on 13th and 14th Dec. It was one the best outings I ever had. I saw over 100 of shooting stars and various objects through telescope. I interacted with their very... more »
Been at the place in September there I felt like heaven literally, cause of the environment and the humble people who love what they, their passion and how they like to share their knowledge, let it..... more »
We had one the best experience during their meteor shower event. We observed various planets, clusters and galaxies and 100 of shooting stars . It is located in the scenic mountains of Panchagani. Its one of the must visit places.
Had a great blast over there. I went there recently and had great fun. We were told to made four different types of rockets, we saw the Mars Saturn and Jupiter ,we had a lot of fun we want to solve different types of puzzle with gloves due to which the friction was interupinte, a group for made, we had a lot of fun the best place which has ever visited till now. A special sir came from NASA to teach us all the things we were taught about different types of constellations the stories behind them how to find out the pole star everything. The staff was also very good and very friendly. I would like to thank my school and the natskies observatory for the beautiful experience
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