Saturday Night Telescope Viewing
Free telescope viewing is available Saturday nights from dark till about 10pm when weather in downtown Rochester is favorable and volunteer telescope operators are available. Climb 60 steps at the back of the planetarium to view the sky through telescopes operated by knowledgeable volunteers from the Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science, the leading local astronomy club.
Before coming, please call the planetarium box office after 7:30pm to confirm the telescope is open: 585.697.1945.
The Planetarium's viewing facilities have recently been upgraded! The main mirror on the 12.5-inch reflecting telescope has been re-aluminized (that is, the shiny surface was re-coated to improve the image you see) with a gift from RMSC Trustee Dr. John Bruning.
A new 11-inch computer-guided Celestron CPC1100 telescope on a Pier-Tech adjustable pier was added in 2014 with gifts from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation and the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation.
For the first time in decades, the concrete observing deck and telescope housing were cleaned and painted with weatherproof coatings in 2014 thanks to many hours of volunteer labor by members of the Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science.
For more about telescope viewing and amateur astronomy, visit a meeting of the astronomy club. This exceptionally friendly group welcomes beginners. Visit them at www.rochesterastronomy.org.