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Public Telescope Nights at Ohio University Observatory

Parking is available in university lots 202, 200, and 201, shown on this map segment of The Ridges

Parking is available in university lots 202, 200, and 201, which are open to visitors after 5 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends.

Telescope Nights are hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students. Visitors may see Lunar craters, Saturn's rings, Jupiter, Mars, star clusters, or distant galaxies, depending on the time of year and sky conditions.

Telescope Nights are held at the Ohio University Observatory located at The Ridges on the Athens campus. Telescope nights are free and open to the public.

Where is the Observatory and Where Should I Park?

Parking is available in university lots 202, 200, and 201, which are open to visitors after 5 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends. A permit is required 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The lots are open to public all other times, unless reserved for a special event.

These lots are located near The Ridges Auditorium. Follow the stairs up the hill to Konneker Labs, proceed through the Konneker lot, and walk up Water Tower Drive to reach the Observatory at the summit.

Limited parking for persons with a disability is available at the observatory dome.

Upcoming Telescope Nights

Note various DROP-IN times depending on the month. A telescope night will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy.

Drop-In Hours

Sept 2017

  • Friday, Sept 8, 9p-11p
  • Saturday, Sept 9, 9p-11p

Oct 2017

  • Friday, Oct 13, 8p-10p
  • Saturday, Oct 14, 8p-10p

Nov 2017

  • Saturday, Nov 04, 8p-10p
  • Saturday, Nov 25, 8p-10p

Dec 2017

  • Friday, Dec 15, 8p-10p
  • Saturday, Dec 16, 8p-10p

For more information, please contact the Department of Physics & Astronomy via email at physics@ohio.edu.

Recent Events at the Observatory

Public Telescope Night is Sept. 8, hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students. This event is scheduled for 9 to 11 p.m. and will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy. Telescope nights are free and open to the public. Visitors may see Lunar craters, Saturn’s […]

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Public Telescope Night is Sept. 9, hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students. This event is scheduled for 9 to 11 p.m. and will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy. Telescope nights are free and open to the public. Visitors may see Lunar craters, Saturn’s […]

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Public Telescope Night is Oct. 13, hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students. This event is scheduled for 8 to 10 p.m. and will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy. Telescope nights are free and open to the public. Visitors may see Lunar craters, Saturn’s […]

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Public Telescope Night is Oct. 14, hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students. This event is scheduled for 8 to 10 p.m. and will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy. Telescope nights are free and open to the public. Visitors may see Lunar craters, Saturn’s […]

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Public Telescope Night is Nov. 4, hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students. This event is scheduled for 8 to 10 p.m. and will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy. Telescope nights are free and open to the public. Visitors may see Lunar craters, Saturn’s […]

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observatory events – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Aug 02

Public Telescope Night is Nov. 25, hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students. This event is scheduled for 8 to 10 p.m. and will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy. Telescope nights are free and open to the public. Visitors may see Lunar craters, Saturn’s […]

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observatory events – Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences Aug 02

Public Telescope Night is Dec. 15, hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students. This event is scheduled for 8 to 10 p.m. and will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy. Telescope nights are free and open to the public. Visitors may see Lunar craters, Saturn’s […]

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