Strawbridge Observatory & Public Observing
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 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 strawbridge.observing [at] gmail.com and ask whether observing will take place.
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 Lydia Guertin '24 and Simon Thill '25 at strawbridge.observing [at] gmail.com for more information.
Public Observing Schedule & Directions
These events include observing through one or more of our telescopes (weather permitting), activities for children, and a student-led talk on a topic in astronomy.
In Fall 2023, we are planning to run public observing nights on the following Friday evenings: October 27 from 8:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m., November 17 from 7:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m., and December 1 from 6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m. The December 1 event features a kid-friendly focus during the 6:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. hour. Join our Mailing List to be kept informed.