Grundy Observatory and Public Observing

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The Joseph R. Grundy Observatory provides exciting opportunities to explore the universe right on the F&M campus. The Grundy Observatory features an 1884 vintage 11-inch Alvan Clark refracting telescope and a 16-inch Boller & Chivens classical Cassegrain reflecting telescope.

Public Observing

Grundy Observatory is open to public observing on the third Monday of each month all year (weather permitting). There is no charge and parking is available.

Please check the Grundy Observatory Facebook page, the Grundy weather station, and the Grundy clear sky clock for updates on the viewing nights. Please note that the observatory assistant is not a full-time position, so communication is limited.

For questions about the observatory public night, please call Kelly Schenke, the Physics Department Academic Coordinator at (717) 358-4136.

Directions to the Observatory

The observatory is located on Baker Campus just off Harrisburg Pike.

  • From Harrisburg Pike turn south onto President Avenue.
  • Take President Avenue to Valley Road.
  • Turn right onto Valley and go straight until you come to Wilson Ave.
  • Turn right onto Wilson.
  • Go several blocks until you come to a chain link fence.
  • Go through the gate and follow the driveway to the parking area.