Lucile Miller Observatory Schedule a Visit for Your Group We recommend group visits on Tuesdays, by reservation with Wednesday as the rain date but any open date is fine. It is possible for us to bring our telescopes to your location. In order to assure proper staffing of the observatory, we require at least 10 days notice for all group bookings. Please visit the Dates Available page to see what days we have open. We Welcome All Groups And Individuals, Such As School Classes - Preschool to Graduate School Church Groups Civic Groups Home School Groups Neighborhood Groups Astronomy Clubs Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts(We are certified to do the Astronomy Merit Badge) Where Is Maiden, North Carolina? Maiden is located in southern Catawba County, North Carolina, about 35 miles northwest of Charlotte and 10 miles south of Hickory. The main road through town is Business U. S. 321, which runs north-south from Newton to Lincolnton. The east-west road through town is Main Street, running from East Maiden to Startown Road. Business U. S. 321 follows Main Street through the town center. The new U. S. 321 (4 lane divided) runs west of town. The Observatory is located on North C Avenue on the campus of Maiden MIDDLE School (the old High School), just beside the campus. North C Avenue is NOT the divided road that goes into the school parking lot. North C Avenue is one block east at the traffic light. Watch out for speed traps! There is not much crime in Maiden so Andy, Barney, Gomer and Otis spend their days looking for speeders. They especially like to target young drivers. They always have a license check point set up somewhere on the weekends, so come prepared. (These folks really need to get a life.) Obey the unnecessarily slow speed limits, speak slowly and use small words, and you won't have any problems. From the west, Via Interstate 40 ** Note - The Interstate 40 exit 123 is being renumbered. Watch the signs ** On Interstate 40 at exit 123, exit right, south, on to U. S. 321. Travel south, and leave U. S. 321 at the third interchange, the Startown Road exit, NOT THE HIGHWAY 10 EXIT. At the top of the exit ramp, turn left, go back across the 321 bridge. Go to the NEW STOPLIGHT and turn right on to West Maiden Road. Travel several miles toward Maiden. Watch out for speed traps on your left after you cross the second bridge, they sit hidden on the road that comes in from the left! Turn left at the first traffic light on to North C Avenue. Travel one block. The observatory will be on your left. It is a small brick building inside a fenced in area. The gate is just ahead on your left. Please park inside the fence. From the East, Via Interstate 40 ** Note - The Interstate 40 exit 123 is being renumbered. Watch the signs ** On Interstate 40 at exit 123, exit right, south, on to U. S. 321. Travel south, and leave U. S. 321 at the Startown Road exit. Turn left at the top of the exit ramp on to Startown Road. Go to the NEW STOPLIGHT and turn right on to West Maiden Road. Travel several miles toward Maiden.Watch out for speed traps on your left after you cross the second bridge, they sit hidden on the road that comes in from the left! Turn left at the first traffic light on to North C Avenue. Travel one block. The observatory will be on your left. It is a small brick building inside a fenced in area. The gate is just ahead on your left. Please park inside the fence. From the South, via U.S. 321 Travel north, and leave U. S. 321 at the Startown Road exit. Turn right at the top of the exit ramp on to Startown Road. Go to the NEW STOPLIGHT and turn right on to West Maiden Road. Travel several miles toward Maiden. Watch out for speed traps on your left after you cross the second bridge, they sit hidden on the road that comes in from the left! Turn left at the first traffic light on to North C Avenue. Travel one block. The observatory will be on your left. It is a small brick building inside a fenced in area. The gate is just ahead on your left. Please park inside the fence. From the North, Via U. S. 321 Travel south, and leave U. S. 321 at the Startown Road exit. Turn left at the top of the exit ramp on to Startown Road. Go to the NEW STOPLIGHT and turn right on to West Maiden Road. Travel several miles toward Maiden.Watch out for speed traps on your left after you cross the second bridge, they sit hidden on the road that comes in from the left! Turn left at the first traffic light on to North C Avenue. Travel one block. The observatory will be on your left. It is a small brick building inside a fenced in area. The gate is just ahead on your left. Please park inside the fence. From Charlotte, Via N.C. 16 North Travel north on N. C. 16 into Catawba County. Turn left on to N. C. 150 at the traffic light. Turn immediately right on to East Maiden Road. After several miles you will come to a complex intersection with Business U. S. 321 and Providence Mill Road. Charlies Chicken (closed) will be on your left, Burke Morturaries on your right. Continue straight on to Business U. S. 321- Main Street.Watch out for speed traps on your right at the Galaxy food mart! When you reach downtown (such as it is), go through two stoplights, and cross the railroad track. Turn right at the next traffic light on to North C. Avenue. Travel one block. The observatory will be on your left. It is a small brick building inside a fenced in area. The gate is just ahead on your left. Please park inside the fence. From Conover and Taylorsville, Via N. C. 16 South and Business US 321. Take NC 16 south to Conover, passing Walmart on the left and crossing over I-40. Turn right at the third traffic light, at Conover School. Go through next traffic light on to Business 321, crossing U.S. 70 and passing Bojangles on your right. Travel through Newton passing the intersection with N. C. 10 at the Prime Sirloin. Continue on the two lane road to Maiden. As you enter Maiden, you will cross a set of out of service railroad tracks. Watch out for speed traps on your left and right around the Dominos Pizza and on the left around Former Carolina Mills! Continue on and past Dominos and the Former Carolina Mills complex on your right. Just past the Former Carolina Mills complex warehouses, turn right on Cemetery Street. Cross the railroad tracks and go to the stop sign at the intersection of C Avenue. You will see the observatory across the road to the left. It is a small brick building inside a fenced in area. Turn left on to C Avenue. The gate is just ahead on your right. Please park inside the fence. From Lincolnton, via Business 321 Travel north on Business U. S. 321 (N. C. 155) from Lincolnton to just past the interchange with the new U. S. 321. Pass the gas station on the right and turn left on to the first significant road. This road may be listed as Finger Mill Road, Golf Course Road or whatever and will have a sign for the Lincoln Industrial Park. Pass the huge buildings for Crate and Barrel, Hefner Tire place, and other industry, then Glen Oaks Golf Course on the right, and the Ethan Allen complex on the left. When you reach the traffic light downtown (such as it is), turn left on to Main Street. Watch out for speed traps on your right between the buildings! Go straight through the next traffic light and then cross the railroad track. Turn right at the next traffic light on to North C. Avenue. Travel one block. The observatory will be on your left. It is a small brick building inside a fenced in area. The gate is just ahead on your left. Please park inside the fence. Contact: visitlmo - at - catawbasky - dot - org Interested Individuals Absolutely Anyone! General Programs Can Include The Following Hands On Observing With Real Telescopes Discussion, Question and Answer With Our Staff Slide Shows, Indoors Or In the Bob Hunt Amphitheater Video Presentations, Indoors Or In the Bob Hunt Amphitheater Computer Simulations Study The Moon In Real Time With Our Remote Controlled Telescopes How To Combat Light Pollution Internet Access to Tons Of Resources Astro Imaging With Film or CCD Camera Advanced Groups Radio Astronomy Optics: Telescope Configurations and Design Light and Stellar Spectrum Analysis Orbital Calculations Asteroid Tracking Cosmology Other Advanced Astronomical Topics LINK: http://www.catawbasky.org/lmo/