Building A New Observatory

Observing the night sky is our passion.
Help us build a new observatory that will let everyone gaze in awe at the night sky!

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.

The project will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 will be a modern roll-top observatory with a computerized telescope for public stargazing. Visitors will be able to view the moon, planets, star clusters and nebulae from right here in downtown Schenectady. The observatory will be open on clear Saturday nights and for solar observing on Sunday afternoons. Fundraising for phase 1 is ongoing, with plans to construct the roll-top roof building and install a 14in telescope in Spring 2018.  Photos of a similar observatory design and telescope are shown below.

We are actively looking for two telescope operator interns to operate the observatory and telescopes on the weekends. Click here for the job description and application instructions.


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!