RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester
RMSC Telescope Viewing
Saturday Night Telescope Viewing
Free telescope viewing on Saturday nights from dark till about 10 p.m. 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 (ASRAS), the leading local astronomy club.
Before coming, please call the planetarium box office after 7:30 p.m. to confirm that the telescope is open: 585.697.1945.
The viewing facilities have recently been upgraded! The main mirror on the 12.5-inch reflecting telescope has been re-aluminized (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 more about telescope viewing and amateur astronomy, attend a meeting of the astronomy club. This exceptionally friendly group welcomes beginners. Visit them at www.rochesterastronomy.org.
Saturdays at 7:30pm (show times subject to change-confirm at www.rmsc.org/StrasenburghPlanetarium)