Closed starting December 3rd, 2023
At this time, the date of reopening remains uncertain. Kindly remain updated through our website and social media platforms. Wishing you clear skies!
Night Sky Viewing
Night sky viewing is an open house, first-come, first-serve format; no reservation required. In the spirit of inclusivity, we don't charge for public viewing but we do kindly suggest a $5 donation per person (cash or card). As a reminder, our programs are at the mercy of the weather. Not sure if we're open? Check the clear sky chart below.
The Hopservatory presents an experience that transcends age, captivating both adults and younger minds alike, rendering all spellbound by the splendor of the stars! Through the eyepiece of our 16-inch research-grade telescope, discover the splendor of distant galaxies, the enigmatic allure of planets, the luminous congregation of star clusters, and the ethereal beauty of nebulae. Not to mention the occasional view of our loyal companion, the Moon. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see what's visible right now.
Please remember our capacity is limited, a brief moment of patience may be required as you await your turn in the ever-moving queue.
Should you desire a truly personalized voyage through the cosmos, a private tour awaits. Gather your family, friends, school group, or colleagues. Private programs are reserved for select Tuesday nights in the busy seasons of spring and summer.
Program fees start at $250 per hour program, this offering accommodates groups of up to 20 people. For those larger groups who want to expand their celestial entourage, there is an additional $50 per hour for every 10 beyond the initial count.
In the spirit of inclusivity, we are delighted to announce that full coverage scholarships are available to public school groups. Discounted rates are available to non-profits and other applicable groups.
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Our mobile Hydrogen Alpha telescope works by allowing hydrogen-alpha light to pass through while rejecting all other wavelengths. This filtering effect allows you to see only glowing hydrogen gas and gives you the contrast to see the Sun for what it really is: a dynamic, seething, and occasionally violent place where immense amounts of energy and hot gas are flung into space. The telescope's protective filters to keep us safe as we view features such as sunspots, solar flares, prominences and filaments.