three images of stars and galaxies taken from space

The Friedman Observatory

The Friedman Observatory

The Friedman Observatory is open to the public each Friday evening, weather permitting. Come to one of our open houses (announced on the right) to view the skies using our 16-inch (0.40 meter) Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain LX200 telescope. No reservation is needed.

If you have any questions, email Jon Belanger at jcb599@psu.edu for more information.

Weather Conditions

The observatory is open only during clear weather conditions. The observatory will be closed for:

  • poor visibility conditions (no or very few stars visible)
  • radar indicates scattered thunderstorms in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region
  • poor winter road conditions (e.g., snow, ice, fog)
  • significant snow or ice accumulation on or around the observatory dome
  • very cold weather (<20 degrees F)

For a prediction of upcoming viewing conditions, see the AccuWeather Stargazing Forecast.