Public Viewing

The observatory welcomes public interest and highly promotes the field of astronomy to those who are interested. Our public viewing program runs all year round and is popular with the local and visiting communities. On public viewing nights, visitors are able to observe selected celestial objects in the presence of friendly staff, in addition to engaging in various on-hand presentations. The public viewing is open regardless of weather conditions, even though viewing through the telescope is limited to clear skies. If it’s cloudy, drop in for a slide show and a tour featuring both of our telescopes.


Wednesday night Public Viewings are hosted​ on top of the Arboretum Parking Garage (William Small Centre) while the observatory is closed awaiting the arrival of the 1m telescope. See Find us for directions.

Observing Hours

The observatory is open for public (in-person) viewing on Wednesday nights at the following times:

October – March 19:30 – 21:30 EST
April – September 21:00 – 23:00 EDT