Observatory & Planetarium Programs

Stamford Observatory
The 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.

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 203.977.6537.

Astronomy Nights: An evening at the Stamford Observatory
Come join us for an exciting NEW series of Astronomy programs.  Head to the Observatory on selected Friday nights for a real treat 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.

Hours: 7 pm Presentation (rain or shine), 8pm Telescope viewing (weather permitting)
Summer hours: (May 1 - Labor Day) 7:30 pm Presentation (rain or shine), 8:30 pm Telescope viewing (weather permitting)

Please call 203-977-6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing.

The Planetarium
Our planetarium is open for school programs, scout groups, special events and private parties.

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