Welcome to the Eileen Collins Observatory!


As of August 2020, the Observatory is closed to the public until further notice.  We are working to be able to bring folks up to the Observatory with appropriate social distancing, but we are not able to do so at this time.  We are also working to bring you a virtual experience at the Observatory.  More information on this will be forthcoming.

Thank you for your interest in the Observatory and in astronomy.  Please check back in February 2021 to see if/when we are able to open.  



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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. All of these telescopes are on display at the Observatory. Some of them can be used by the public during our Friday night observing sessions.

If you have any questions, please call the Observatory at 607-962-9494 or email Deborah Dann, Director of the Observatory, at dann@corning-cc.edu.