Southern Utah State College's Ashcroft Observatory opened Monday, Oct. 1, for its fall schedule.

According to Observatory Director Brent Sorensen, there will not be slide shows in October, but the focus will be on the planet Saturn, which will be highly visible throughout the month.Also on Monday, telescopes were turned to the waxing gibbous moon. Due to the brightness of the moon at that phase, Sorensen said, few deep sky objects will be visible.

However, during the remainder of October, there will be an opportunity to observe the last of the summer deep sky objects in the southern Milky Way. The moon will also be back in the evening sky on Oct. 22 and 29, but not as bright.

The Ashcroft Observatory is three miles southwest of Cedar City off State Road 56 on Western Drive. For further information, call 586-7707.