The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

Mission & Vision ScopeOut Science & Education Fair Big Dipper Supermoon Eclipse



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.  

Learn more about our mission and watch our New Video




ScopeOut Astronomy Fair

 Saturday September 12 from Noon-10pm
Our all day (and all night) celebration of Astronomy, Science, History and Education.

This year we celebrate 25 years of the Hubble Space telescope and more!

Take a Look





Intro to Astronomy


September 2 and 9 from 8-10pm

Astronomer Dean Regas is your tour guide to the night sky in these classes for beginners

Check it out




Supermoon Eclipse


Sunday September 27, 7-11pm

That night we'll see a Total Lunar Eclipse while it's also a Supermoon, and a Harvest Moon, and the completion of the infamous Tetrad. You can join in the fun.   

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Mission & Vision
ScopeOut Science & Education Fair
Big Dipper
Supermoon Eclipse

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