Welcome to the Eileen Collins Observatory!


The observatory is open on the first Fridays of the month from 8:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m., weather permitting.  All events at the observatory are free and open to the public.  



SUNY Corning Community College invites the public to the Eileen Collins Observatory on Fri., December 6, 2019, for a talk on Sustainability. Presented by Dr. Patrick Tepesch, a senior research associate from Corning Inc., the presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free. After the talk, guests are invited to enjoy tours of the facility and use the telescopes to observe astronomical objects, weather permitting. Parking is available in the Planetarium lot.

Tepesch' work at Corning Inc. has involved the study of solid oxide fuel cell systems and emissions control devices for gasoline and diesel engines. He has also spent some of his time at Corning using the idea of sustainability as a tool for guiding decisions about existing businesses and new research directions.


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 also 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. All of these telescopes are on display at the Observatory. Some of them can be used by the public during our Friday night observing sessions.

If you have any questions, please call the Observatory at 607-962-9494 or email Deborah Dann, Director of the Observatory, at dann@corning-cc.edu.