Middlebury has the largest and best-equipped observatory of any institution in the state of Vermont. It consists of a dome housing a 24-inch DFM Engineering telescope, a control room, and an observation deck equipped with three smaller optical telescopes and a radio telescope.
The observatory is atop McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury's science center. During the summer months and a few times during the school year the College opens the observatory to the public. These are typically scheduled for several Wednesday nights in the summer and Friday evenings in the fall, and take place provided skies are clear.
Open House nights are announced on this page, as well as on the College Events Calendar. Upcoming Open House nights are usually announced on the announcements of Featured Events, circulated by e-mail each Monday. There is also a recorded announcement of upcoming Observatory events, as well as weather bulletins on evenings when Open House nights are scheduled, at the Observatory phone line: 443-2266
Due to personnel transitions, we will not be holding observatory open houses during Fall 2013. Thanks for your patience.
To check out the possibilities for viewing, please refer to the Middlebury Observatory Clear Sky Clock.