Open Houses

Open houses for the general public are offered monthly, frequently timed near the first-quarter moon. These are clear-weather only events, so we are closed if there is any precipitation, strong winds, or mostly cloudy conditions. Note that with the exception of Homecoming and ReUnion weekends, all open houses are free and open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. Only for Homecoming and ReUnion open houses do we issue tickets at the Reamer Campus Center, and these tickets are free. The observatory hotline (518)-388-7100 announces the date and time of open houses as well as announces last-minute cancellations. These cancellations are often decided only 1/2 hour prior to the opening time, unless rain or fully-cloudy conditions make it obvious we cannot open.


Open House Dates and Times


Sunday, April 2, from 8-9:30pm. NOTE WE SHIFTED FROM MONDAY TO AVOID CLOUDS! SUNDAY SHOULD BE CLEAR!

Tuesday, May 2, from 8:30-10pm.


Targets currently visible (April 2017) include the moon, as well as deep sky objects. Jupiter reaches opposition on April 7, 2017 so it will be low in the East. Our observing session is a bit too early in the evening for ideal viewing, but we will turn to it near the end of the session.