Stamford Planetarium & Observatory
Astronomy Nights at the Farmhouse
Head to the Knobloch Family Farmhouse on selected Friday nights to 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 view of the night sky through our telescopes. This program is suitable for children ages 5 and up. For topics see our Calendar of Events page.
The Planetarium (located in Bendel Mansion)
Our planetarium is open for school programs, scout groups, special events and private parties.
The Stamford Observatory
(Currently Closed to the Public)
The Stamford Observatory is a research facility used by members of the Fairfield County Astronomical Society. Most Fridays, weather permitting, visitors can enjoy viewing the moon, planets and deep space objects through the 22-inch research telescope. The telescope's drive mechanism and electronics have recently been replaced with modern high precision components. The computer control permits the operator to zero in on any object in the sky and the telescope then goes to that location automatically.
Observatory Currently Closed to the Public
Location: Behind the Heckscher Farm off Scofieldtown Rd. Enter from Scofieldtown Rd. GPS users enter - 151 Scofieldtown Road.
Members: Free | Non-members: $5 Adults, $3 Children
Please call 203.977.6537 for weather updates in regards to telescope viewing.
The observatory is currently closed to the public. Observatory will be closed if temperatures drop below 21°F .
Winter Hours when open
(Labor Day-December; March)
7 pm – Presentation (if scheduled)
8 pm – Telescope viewing
Summer Hours when open
(April 1- Labor Day)
7:30 pm – Presentation (if scheduled)
8:30 pm – Telescope viewing
Due to space limitations, organized groups are not permitted at public viewings or lectures. To schedule a group visit, call 203.977.6515.