Observing the night sky is our passion. Come enjoy it with us!
Our new observatory, located on the grounds of miSci, holds a modern 14 inch telescope that lets us observe the stars, planets and even galaxies beyond the Milky Way. On June 8th, 2018 our groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the construction of our roll-off roof observatory adjacent to miSci, and now the building holds a 14 inch Celestron Edge HD telescope on a Paramount ME II mount. Over the summer we will offer solar observing on Sunday afternoon from 1-2:30pm. Come Fall, we will be open every Thursday night for night sky observing and fun in the museum galleries. We hope you can join us to gaze at the stars from right here in downtown Schenectady. For a complete list of observing events check out our calendar. You can also follow us on Facebook to see photos of the telescope and observatory installation.
Grand opening: July 27th from 6-11pm
The grand opening of the new observatory building will be held on Friday July 27, 2018. miSci will be open at 9:00 am until 11:00 pm, and the event will be held rain or shine. Our celebration will run from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm with these exciting activities:
- Solar observing 6 – 8 pm
- Night sky observing 9 – 11 pm
- Observe Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn 9 – 10 pm
- Observe Moon, stars, and possibly Mars 10 – 11 pm
- Hands on activities to make your own star-wheel and sundial
- Planetarium shows at 6:30 and 7:30 pm
- All activities free with museum admission (10.50 adult, 7.50 child, 9.00 senior)
In the Fall of 2018 we will begin fundraising for 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!