The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision Jupiter Night Late Night, Date Night Topics in Astronomy



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






Our largest planet shines in prime time and you can check it out during our special event on Saturday May 6.

See Jupiter Up Close






May 17 from 8:30-11pm

The Observatory teams up with the Wurst Bar in Mt. Lookout for this very special event


It's The Wurst  







Each month explore a different topic in this wild, wonderful universe. 

Great for beginners.

Learn More Astronomy

Mission & Vision
Jupiter Night
Late Night, Date Night
Topics in Astronomy

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