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Haverford College
Departments of Physics and Astronomy
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Strawbridge Observatory

Strawbridge Observatory March 18, 2011 (Photo by Jonathan Yu '12)

The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes. The telescopes are also periodically made available for public use with teaching assistants and/or professors present to provide assistance and background information about what is being viewed. Note that the telescopes are only used when it is clear, and the domes are not opened when it is cloudy.

If the weather is in doubt, your best option is to email Andrea Gaughan ( or Sarah Betti ( and ask whether observing will take place.

Public Observing Schedule

Saturday, February 7, 2015

6 pm This event takes place rain or shine. A student will give a talk, there will be one hands on activity. Telescope will take place, weather permitting.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

6:30 pmThis event takes place rain or shine. A student will give a talk, there will be one hands on activity. Telescope will take place, weather permitting.

Friday, April 24, 2015

7 - 9 pm This event will be held in conjunction with the Philadelphia Science Festivals Astronomy Night. We will have a number of fun demonstrations and hands-on educational activities, along with telescope observing. All are welcome to this family friendly event in Strawbridge Obesrvatory. This event goes on rain or shine.

Academic year 2015/2016 schedule to appear by September 2015.


If you would like to bring a group to any of our events, please contact us early in the year to see if your group can be accommodated. Contact Andrea Gaughan ( or Sarah Betti ( for more information.

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Past Events

Check out previous events held at Strawbridge observatory and our Astronoblog which highlights public observing and other departmental events.

Directions to the Observatory

The Strawbridge Observatory is located on the College's Walton Road, just off College Avenue between Haverford Road and Lancaster Ave.

Going West on Lancaster Ave. (Rt. 30):
  • Turn left onto Haverford Station Road (just past Haverford College's main entrance).
  • Bear right at fork; the street becomes Railroad Ave.
  • You will drive by the parking area of The Haverford School on the right and Haverford College property on the left.
  • At next fork, bear left; the street becomes College Avenue.
  • Immediately look for a small Haverford College sign on the left at Walton Road.
  • Turn left onto campus at Walton Road. A short distance later, you will see observatory on your right (just before the athletic playing fields.)
  • Follow signs for visitors parking (at the end of Walton Road). After 5 pm, parking is open on campus.

Images from Strawbridge Observatory