observatory at suny corning


The Observatory will be open on February 3 and February 17, 2023, from 8pm - 10pm.  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 spring will be:  January 20, February 3, February 17, March 17, April 7, April 21, May 5, and May 19.  Starting in April, the observatory open times will be 8:30pm - 10:30pm.   Parking for the Observatory is available in the Digital Dome parking lot.  Parking at the Observatory is reserved for our handicapped visitors.  All of our events are free and open to the public!

Please check back in May to see our open dates for the summer!



The DART Mission:  Defending the Earth!

Talk given by Deborah Dann, Professor of Astronomy and Geology, CCC

Friday, February 3 at 7:30pm, Eileen Collins Observatory

Our next meeting of the Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society will feature a talk given by Deborah Dann, Professor of Astronomy and Geology at Corning Community College.  The talk for the evening will be on the recent successful DART Mission.  The DART Mission (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) impacted the asteroid moon, Dimorphos, on September 26, 2022.   This talk will give an overview of the mission itself, why we wanted to attempt this encounter, and interesting data and images from the impact



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