The Observatory is now open to the public!
The Observatory will be open the first and third Fridays of the month in September, from 8:30pm - 10:30pm. If it is clear, we will take out telescopes and look at some beautiful astronomical objects. We also give a tour of the facility, which includes the one-tenth scale model of the Hale Telescope at Mt. Palomar and images that we have taken with the telescopes on campus.
Masks are not required indoors at this point in time. No prior reservations are required, but if you have a group of greater than 10 people that you would like to bring to the observatory, call 607-962-9494 and leave a message with a phone number so we can return your call.
Our open dates for the fall will be: September 2, September 16, October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2, and December 16. Beginning in October, the observatory will be open from 8:00pm - 10:30pm.
On September 16, we will have a returning favorite - Kids' Night at the Observatory! This event will run from 7pm - 10pm and is fun for kids of all ages! We'll have astronomical crafts, observing through our telescopes, comet demonstrations, tours of our 20" telescope, Digital Dome Theater shows, and many other fun things to do. There are no reservations required for this event - just come on up!
We have many types and sizes of telescopes here at our Observatory. Our two largest telescopes are both reflectors — the 20" and the 16". Our 20" telescope is the one-tenth scale model of the Hale Telescope at Mount Palomar in California.
We have 14", 12", 10", 8", and 6" reflectors that were built by members of the Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society. We have 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain reflectors in addition to 4" refractors and a solar telescope.
Everything at the observatory is free and open to the public!
Parking is available in the Planetarium parking lot. The only parking at the Observatory is reserved for disabled visitors.
Deborah Dann, Director of the Observatory