Building Code O
Spencer Hill Campus
Corning, NY 14830

Welcome to the Eileen Collins Observatory! Weather permitting, the observatory will be open for general observing and tours:

  • February 27, 2015
  • March 6 and 27, 2015
  • April 10 and 17, 2015

Observatory Events

"What Is Glass?" by Paul Tick

March 6, 2015 at 7:30pm 
Free and open to the public

Paul Tick will give a brief history of glass making, models of glass structure, and the properties of some novel types of glass. Paul Tick graduated from Northeastern with a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering and from MIT with an ScD in Materials Science. Paul began working at Corning's Sullivan park in 1967 and retired in 1999, but still serves as a consultant. His entire career was spent in fundamental research, mostly studying unusual materials and how to fabricate them. Authored or coauthored 65 scientific papers and one book chapter. Received 38 patents, mostly on glass compositions.


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.