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Public Observing at Sperry Observatory in Cranford

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  • As of August 11, 2022, these are the details that have been released about this event.

Sperry Observatory

Every Friday the general public is invited to visit the Sperry Observatory and attend the illustrated talk and enjoy views of the night sky.

Sperry Observatory began as a $150,000 endowment to Union College by Mrs. Frederick W. Beinecke and son William, and was dedicated on May 21, 1967 in honor of William Miller Sperry, Mrs. Beinecke’s father. Mr. Sperry was a local philanthropist, president of Sperry & Hutchinson Co., and an avid amateur astronomer.

The Sperry Observatory is the home of Amateur Astronomers, Incorporated, a non-profit organization. The observatory houses two of the largest telescopes on the East Coast for amateur use. The 18-foot East Dome is made of steel and it holds a 10-inch f/15 refractor built by AAI members. That telescope was presented to the college in October, 1972. The 20-foot West Dome is made of fiber glass and it is home to a 24-inch f/11 Ritchey-Chretien reflector purchased by AAI. To minimize vibration, each telescope rests on an 8-foot thick concrete pier atop piles driven 30 feet into the ground, all separate from the building.

Please be advised that this facility is an observatory and not a planetarium. The temperature inside the domes is the same as outdoors, and viewing of the sky is done in cramped quarters in almost total darkness. Such conditions may not be suitable for very young children.

When is this event?

September 23 @ 7:30 pm 10:30 pm EDT

When is the raindate?

No rain date information has been provided.

However, if you are uncertain about the weather, please contact the Sperry Observatory to check if the event is still being held.

Does this event repeat?

This event is held on Fridays.

Is the event indoors or outdoors?

Indoor

Is registration required?

No

Public Observations Activities

  • Illustrated talk
  • Night views

What is the admission price?

Free Admission and parking are FREE – donations are gratefully accepted

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Where is this event happening?

This event is happening at

1033 Springfield Avenue
Cranford, New Jersey 07016 United States
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