The Observatory is now open to the public! The Observatory will be open on Friday, November 5, from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, weather permitting. If it is clear, we will take out telescopes and look at some beautiful astronomical objects. We can give a tour of the facility, which includes the Palomar scale model and images that we have taken with the telescopes on campus.
At this time, we are following SUNY guidelines - masks are required for any indoor tours we give. Masks are recommended outdoors. 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, please call 607-962-9494 and leave a message with a phone number so we can return your call.
We will be open the first Fridays of the month during the Fall semester (September 3, October 1, November 5, and December 3). Starting in October, we will be open from 8pm to 10pm.
Everything at the observatory is free and open to the public!
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 also 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.