Telescope Nights

Astronomy Enthusiasts!

Come observe the Universe
with like minded astronomers
of all ages! FREE!


Our WINTER TELESCOPE VIEWING SCHEDULE varies due to the inclement weather. Our telescope guides make plans to setup on very short notice this time of year. So it is best to check our Facebook and Twitter pages for any announcements about viewing between October - April. When they do set up, viewing times are from about 7p - 10pm - nighttime; 12-4pm - daytime. Telescopes will be set up in the plaza outside the museum. Dress appropriately, it can get cold.

Target SOLAR VIEWING DATES for 2018 are:
September 1
October 20
November 10

Target NIGHTTIME VIEWING DATES are:
August 24 & 25 (Saturn & Mars)
No optimal viewing in September
October 20 (International Observe the Moon Night - IOMN)
Come into the museum too for IOMN activities and Moon Pies! Time and details TBA

*Telescope clinics are available at some solar viewing dates.. Bring your own telescope and have an expert teach you how to use it or troubleshoot problems!

*Telescopes are provided through museum volunteers and members of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. Our volunteer Solar Astronomer is also a NASA Solar System Ambassador(more info here).

* Please note that at times there may be a volunteer emergency which could cancel the viewing at the last minute. Thank you for your continued support. We hope to see you at the Museum!