Observatory & Planetarium Programs
Stamford ObservatoryThe Stamford Observatory is a research facility used by members of the Fairfield County Astronomical Society. Each Friday, weather permitting, visitors can enjoy viewing the moon, planets and deep space objects through the 22-inch research telescope.
The drive mechanism and electronics of the Observatory's telescope have recently been replaced with modern high precision components. This allows control manually using a joystick, or by computer. The computer control permits the operator to zero in on any object in the sky and the telescope then goes to that location automatically.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Friday evenings 8 pm - 10 pm, weather permitting. The Observatory will be closed if temperatures drops below 21°. Closed for viewings in January & February. Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing.
Winter Hours (Labor Day-December; March)
7:00 p.m. Presentation (if scheduled)
8:00 p.m. Telescope viewing (weather permitting)
Summer Hours (April 1- Labor Day)
7:30 p.m. Presentation (if scheduled)
8:30 p.m. Telescope viewing (weather permitting)
Location: Behind the Hecksher Farm off Scofieldtown Rd. Enter from Scofieldtown Rd. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road.
Members: Free | Non-members: $5 Adults, $3 Children
For more information or to schedule a special group visit, please call 203.977.6515.
Astronomy Nights: An evening at the Stamford Observatory
Come join us for an exciting series of Astronomy programs. Head to the Observatory on selected Friday nights as we explore the night sky with talks on planets, stars galaxies and much more. Start by enjoying a presentation on a fun and interesting topic, followed by a visit to view the night sky through our 22-inch diameter telescope. This program is suitable for children ages 5 and up. For topics see our Exhibitions and Events page.
Our planetarium is open for school programs, scout groups, special events and private parties.