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. The 20-foot West Dome is made of fiber glass and it is home to a 24-inch f/11 Cassegrain reflector purchased by AAI.
“Sperry Observatory is open to the public every Friday evening throughout the year. On many Fridays, we conduct two informal talks which are always followed by viewing of celestial objects through the two large telescopes, weather permitting. If a youth group has made a prior arrangement with the Observatory Chair, the first talk begins at 7:30 p.m. and is suitable for younger audiences. At 8:30 p.m. a talk for the General Public will review a selected astronomical subject. For a schedule of informal talks, see https://www.asterism.org/jsp/public_talks.jsp. These informal talks usually begin with a short briefing about current space missions. On the 3rd Friday of each month from September through May, the club meets in the main auditorium on the UCC campus for a short business meeting followed by a talk by a guest lecturer. At about 10pm, after the general meeting, we all meet informally with the featured speaker at Sperry Observatory. Both main telescopes are operated and refreshments are served in the classroom. The public is invited to join us in this friendly atmosphere.”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!