Eastern Iowa Observatory & Learning Center

Eastern Iowa Observatory

The Cedar Amateur Astronomers and the Linn County Conservation Board began working in tandem in 1983 out of a common interest to raise public awareness about astronomy through local educational programs. By making available land and support facilities at Pal-Dows, the Conservation Board provided the opportunity for the Astronomers to install their first permanent domed structure and telescope in 1987. This was followed in the mid-1990s with a second facility containing a larger telescope.  2008 marked the grand opening of the Eastern Iowa Observatory and Learning Center at the Palisades-Dows preserve, where hundreds of free public programs and education sessions at the Pal-Dows Preserve and other Linn County Conservation venues.

Learn more about the Cedar Amateur Astronomers


The Eastern Iowa Observatory & Learning Center (EIOLC) is located in southern Linn County in Palisades-Dows Preserve located at 1365 Ivanhoe Rd, Ely, IA, 52227, click here for a map.

Operating Hours & Seasons

View upcoming public viewing opportunities and programs at  cedar-astronomers.org