Strawbridge Observatory shot at twilight in 2003
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.
The contact phone number for the college is (610) 896-1000. If the weather is in doubt, please call to confirm that the observatory is open and that someone is there.
Haverford College is one of eight Philadelphia area institutions participating in a program to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy!
We call it "No Night without a Telescope," because there will be an astronomy event available EVERY NIGHT in the Philadelphia area for an entire lunar cycle (month) from October 18 to November 24. Whenever the weather is clear, in addition to an astronomy talk or slide show, we will have our telescopes open to the public. Kids are welcome!
Dress warmly – our telescopes are outdoors!
THE EVENTS AT HAVERFORD ARE ON SATURDAY NIGHTS AT 7:00 p.m. Daylight Time in October, switching to 6:00 p.m. Standard Time in November. They will be repeated an hour later, if needed. THEY WILL BE IN CHASE AUDITORIUM (see campus map and driving instructions.)
More information and schedule >