The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

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Welcome to the


We are a fully functioning 19th century observatory used daily by the public and amateur astronomers, civic organizations, teachers and students, scouts and history buffs. We offer public astronomy programs and stargazing every Thursday & Friday evening and dozens of special events throughout the year.



A National Historic Landmark


When you explore the beautiful buildings and see through the large, historic telescopes, you'll step back in time and space. 

Watch our New Video






Friday December 2, from 5-7pm

See our sister planet right after work on her appropriate day of the week.

 Let's Go To Venus




2017 Observatory Calendar


You can pick up your copy of this new calendar at the Observatory - featuring pictures by taken amateur astronomers and visitors to the Observatory.  It's gorgeous and only $10!






Sunday December 11, 6:30-8:30pm

Our free holiday open house.  Join us as we light up Mount Lookout and share close up views of the stars.

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Mission & Vision
Venus Friday
2017 Calendar

Join Us

Join, donate, and volunteer to make the "Birthplace of American Astronomy" a vibrant center for education and wonder

Public Events

See "What's Up" at the Observatory.  Each season has a new planet, star cluster, or nebula to explore

School Programs

Plan a field trip, schedule an outreach visit to your classroom, or gather the scouts for an evening at the Observatory