observatory at suny corning


The Observatory will be open on September 1st and 15th, 2023, from 8:30pm - 10:30pm.  If it is clear, we will take out telescopes and look at some beautiful astronomical objects. We also give a tour of the facility, which includes the one-tenth scale model of the Hale Telescope at Mt. Palomar and images that we have taken with the telescopes on campus.  

Masks are not required indoors at this point in time.  No prior reservations are required, but if you have a group of greater than 10 people that you would like to bring to the observatory, call 607-962-9494 and leave a message with a phone number so we can return your call.   

Our open dates for the fall will be:  September 1 and 15, October 6 and 20, November 3 and 17, and December 1 and 15.  The observatory open times will be 8:30pm - 10:30pm for the September dates; then we will be open from 8:00pm - 10:00pm for October, November, and December.   Parking for the Observatory is available in the Digital Dome parking lot.  Parking at the Observatory is reserved for our handicapped visitors.  All of our events are free and open to the public!



Kids' Night!

October 6, 2023


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We have many types and sizes of telescopes here at our Observatory. Our two largest telescopes are both reflectors — the 20" and the 16". Our 20" telescope is the one-tenth scale model of the Hale Telescope at Mount Palomar in California.

We have 14", 12", 10", 8", and 6" reflectors that were built by members of the Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society. We have 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain reflectors in addition to 4" refractors and a solar telescope.

Everything at the observatory is free and open to the public! 

Parking is available in the Planetarium parking lot. The only parking at the Observatory is reserved for disabled visitors. 



Deborah Dann, Director of the Observatory