Building A New Observatory

Observing the night sky is our passion.
You helped us make it happen!

The Dudley Observatory is excited to announce plans for two new observatory buildings: a roll top roof observatory and a large domed observatory for our antique refractor.

Thanks to generous support from public and private donations, we have raised $100,000 towards Phase 1- the construction of a modern roll-top roof observatory! The new observatory, located on the grounds of miSci, will hold a 14 inch Celestron Edge HD telescope on a Paramount ME II mount. Our grand opening will be held on July 27th, and over the summer we will offer solar observing on weekends. Come Fall, we will be open every Thursday night for night sky observing and fun in the museum galleries. More details to come soon! We hope you can join us to gaze at the stars, moon and planets from right here in downtown Schenectady. You can follow us on Facebook to see photos of the construction and telescope installation.

roll top observatory

Roll top roof observatory similar to the one being built

modern telescope

Modern reflecting telescope






Pruyn 12in refractor








Phase 2 will consist of the construction of a new domed observatory building and associated classroom to house the historic 12in Pruyn Refractor. The telescope will be restored so that the public can observe the night sky just like astronomers did back in 1893. This million dollar project is expected to take 3-5 years to complete. We are really looking forward to reviving this piece of history, so that it can be pointed at the stars once again.

Donations to the observatory project can be made via paypal or check. Checks can be made out to Dudley Observatory and mailed to 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady NY, 12308. Please include a note that the funds are to be put towards the observatory. Thank you for your support!