The Ralph A. Worley Observatory

The Ralph A. Worley Observatory is located 8 miles south of Shreveport, Louisiana on Hwy. 175. It was originally built by the Shreveport-Bossier Astronomical Society, Inc. in 1964, later donated to the Caddo Parish School System, and is currently under lease to LSU-Shreveport. This facility is used by many organizations in Shreveport for astronomical classes and public programs. These organizations include LSU-Shreveport (astronomy classes), Centenary College (astronomy classes), Shreveport-Bossier Astronomical Society, Inc. (free public star parties), and SPAR Planetarium (free public star parties).

The Worley Observatory needs YOUR help. Funds are needed to help maintain and upgrade the Observatory. A tax deductable donation may be made to the LSU-Shreveport Foundation. Contact Dr. Cran Lucas at LSU-Shreveport for additional information. Phone (318) 797-5086 or e-mail


The dome contains a 16 inch Newtonian reflector built by the members of the Society. The flat-top building contains a 6 inch refractor.

Observing at the 16 inch Newtonian.

Observing at the 6 inch refractor.

Star parties at the Worley Observatory.

Grinding and testing of the 16 inch mirror.

The 16 inch telescope tube.

Construction of the Worley Observatory.

Return to the main page.