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Starry Night

Heavenly places for stargazing


Stargazing is serious business in Fairfield County. We have three Observatories staffed by excited and knowledgeable astronomers. Go alone, on a date, or with your children for a sensational celestial evening.

Bowman Observatory

In the 1940's a Greenwich High School science teacher, Alden W. Smith, built the observatory. It was fully renovated in 1986 and is owned by the Greenwich Board of Education and operated by members of The Astronomical Society of Greenwich. The ASG love to share the thrill of amateur astronomy with parents, students, and teachers.

Open to the public free of charge.
Observatory Hours: second and fourth Tuesday of every month, Summer 9 - 11PM, Spring/Autumn 8 - 10PM,Winter 7 - 9PM, (weather permitting).

Julian Curtis Elementary School grounds
intersection of Milbank Avenue & East Elm Street (upper end)
Greenwich, CT 06830.
ASG: (203) 869-6786

Stamford Museum and Nature Center

In addition to their fabulous museum exhibits and superior nature center, SMNC hosts a series of "Astronomy Nights". They have a seminar and then offer the chance to visit the Observatory for an exciting look at outer space through their 22" telescope. For example last Friday night, July 22nd, at 7:30PM the presentation was Saturn Shines in the Summer Sky.

Members: Free | Non-Members: Adults $3, Children (5-17) $2
No children under 5 please.
Observatory Hours: Friday nights, 8 - 10PM, 8:30 - 10:30PM in summer (weather permitting).

39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903
(203) 322-1646

The Rolnick Observatory

Perched atop the highest point is Westport the Rolnick Observatory was built in the 1960's after a Westport science teacher, Rufus Morton, teamed up with a local amateur astronomer, Charles Scovil. After falling into disrepair the observatory has been renovated in recent years and is under the careful direction of the Westport Astronomical Society and staffed with volunteers who love to give you a peak at the stars through their 12-1/2" and 25" telescopes. The 25" telescope is the largest telescope in Connecticut available to the public.

Open to the public free of charge.
Hours: Wednesdays 8 - 10PM (weather permitting).

183 Bayberry Lane
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 293-8759

Purchase Your Own Telescope

To stargaze in your own backyard, check out Hobbystown's great selection of telescopes. They recommend Celestron's Power Seeker models in many sizes like 40AZ, 60AZ, 70AZ, 127EQ, from $40 - $200.

Great Astronomy Books

To get you started on your amateur astronomy hobby read these helpful books.
Astronomy for Dummies is a terrific no-fuss guide.

Nightwatch is a fabulous introduction to astronomy, full of star charts and equipment suggestions, as well as, gorgeous photographs of the great beyond.

Telescope Power will teach kids how to use their telescope with fun activities and projects.

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