The Observatory is now open to the public! The Observatory will be open on Friday, December 3, 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 activities. 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). The observatory will not be open in January. Spring semester open dates will be announced at the beginning of 2022.
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.
PUBLIC TALK - "The Christmas Star"
On Friday, December 3, the Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society will have its monthly meeting at the Observatory. The meeting will begin at 7:30pm and is free and open to the public. Our speaker for the evening will be Dennis O'Connell, Secretary/Treasurer of the Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society. His talk will be "The Christmas Star." The Christmas Star - fact or fiction? Legend or actual astronomical event? Come to the observatory on December 3 and find out more about this event that occurred over 2000 years ago!
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.