Public Observing on Friday 3/15/2024

Our next public observing session will be Friday 3/15/2024 from 8:00-9:30 PM.  Come see Jupiter, the Moon, and more through the Capital Region's largest telescope! 

You need to register, so please reserve your spot on eventbrite. 

Weather permitting, we will observe Jupiter, the Moon, and a few of our favorite deep-sky objects.  All ages welcome! This is an outdoor event, so please dress accordingly. 

We will send a message on Friday if we need to cancel due to weather.


Photo Credit: Orion Nebula, Ethan Jones, iphone 13

Students observe Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)

Astrophysics majors Kristina Gatto and Ethan Jones led a remote observing session for the ASTR101 students.  They captured a nice color image of Comet C/2022 E3 using the Kepler FLI CMOS camera.  (Red=i, Green=r, Blue=g). The comet hasn't been this close to Earth in 50,000 years!

Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction, Friday Dec 18 at 5:30 pm

Live stream on Friday December 18 at 5:30 pm.  We will project a live image of Jupiter and Saturn.

New 0.7-m Telescope on the roof of Roger Bacon

The main telescope, which features a 27.5-inch diameter mirror, sits atop Roger Bacon Hall. The rooftop viewing platform also has permanent mounts for five smaller telescopes.   

The observatory was funded by a grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation and a generous gift from John J. Breyo ’68 H’02 and his wife, Marilyn Breyo; the observatory was named in their honor. The observatory opened for use in September 2018, and was formally dedicated on November 10.