Building Code O
Spencer Hill Campus
Corning, NY 14830

Welcome to the Eileen Collins Observatory!


For the month of December, the observatory will be open on the following Fridays: December 7 and December 14, 2018, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. All events at the observatory are free and open to the public. Observing through a telescope is weather permitting.  


Upcoming Events 

 Insight on Mars

On Friday, December 7, Deborah Dann will be giving a talk on the arrival of the InSight mission to Mars.  Ms. Dann is the Professor of Astronomy and Geology at Corning Community College as well as the Director of the Eileen Collins Observatory.  The talk begins at 7:30pm at the observatory.  The event is free and open to the public.  

  Geminid Meteor Shower Open House!

On Friday, December 14, the observatory will be having an extra special open house for the Geminid Meteor Shower!  The observatory will be open from 8pm-11pm that evening with help from the CCC Epic Science United club.  Epic Science United will have snacks and hot chocolate to help us get through the chilly evening watching for shooting stars!  



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.