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Free Telescope Events Summer 2023

Thanks to volunteers from the Astronomy Section, Rochester Academy of Science, look through a telescope and learn about telescopes at these events!

  • Strasenburgh Planetarium
  • Select Saturdays (Weather Permitting)


telescope viewing at the planetarium

Join us on select Saturdays to enjoy free telescope viewings (dependent on clear skies and good weather). 

Climb 60 steps to the top of the tower at the back of the Planetarium on selected Saturday nights to view the moon (and possibly a planet, depending on date) through telescopes operated by knowledgeable volunteers from our local astronomy club, the Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science (AS-RAS). 

To confirm that the telescope is open, you can phone the Planetarium box office after 7pm at 585.271.4320 ext. 411, or check the astronomy club’s Facebook page 


(Weather Permitting) 

  • Saturday, June 24 from 8–9:45pm
  • Saturday, July 1 from 8–9:45pm
  • Saturday, July 22 from 8–9:45pm
  • Saturday, July 29 from 8–9:45pm
  • Saturday, August 19 from 8–9:45pm
  • Saturday, August 26 from 8–9:45pm

Telescope viewing at ionia, Ny

Free telescope viewing is also available on selected dates at the astronomy club’s beautiful dark-sky observing site in Ionia. The place is officially called the Farash Center for Observational Astronomy. There is an attractive small sign marking the driveway into the location, but it is advisable to
arrive well before dark to be sure you see it. To confirm that a viewing event is happening, check the astronomy club’s Facebook page 

Farash Center for Observational Astronomy

8355 County
Road 14, Ionia, NY 14475.

About The Event

  • Strasenburgh Planetarium
  • Select Saturdays (Weather Permitting)

  • 90 minutes


  • Free!