Observatory at miSci

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.  Over the summer of 2018 we installed our roll-off roof observatory adjacent to miSci and which contains a 14 inch Celestron Edge HD telescope on a Paramount ME II mount.

You can visit the observatory for “Sunny Sundays”  where we offer solar observing on Sunday afternoons from 1-2:30pm.  In September our “Night Sky Adventures” transitions to “Evenings at the Dudley Observatory” 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.  All observing opportunities are free with museum admission and no reservations are required.

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.

Observatory Ground Breaking Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, July 27th, 2018

Dr. Rapson initiates the debut of the roofless observatory… there it goes!

Roll-off roof rolling off












Members of the public used the computer guiding controls for the first time

Dr. Rapson installs the solar filter

New York State Assembly Member Angelo Santabarbara viewing the sun safely through the solar filter











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!