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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 obsevatory are free and open to the public.  


Upcoming Events 

Kids' Night at the Observatory!

September 13, 2019

7pm - 10pm

A fun night at the Eileen Collins Observatory at SUNY CCC!  We’ll have astronomical crafts, observing through our telescopes, comet demos, tours of our 20” telescope, and many other fun things to do.  Fun for kids of all ages!  Free and open to the public!  Children should be accompanied by an adult.


Origami (折り紙)

October 4, 2019

Talk given by Yumiko Akiba, SUNY CCC Instructor of Mathematics


Many people think Origami is a toy or folded paper. However, did you know Origami is used in many places such as in space? Come to the Observatory to learn more about the beauty of Origami and the science behind it!



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.