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Clark Refractor Telescope

The heart of the astronomical observatory at Keystone College since 1973.

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Observatory at Keystone College

The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Observatory, located a short drive from our La Plume campus in Fleetville, PA, promotes an understanding of the night sky along with a general knowledge of astronomy for the Keystone College community and the general public.

Whether you’re taking an astronomy course or just interested in the night sky, the observatory offers a unique, hands-on learning experience. Observing the night sky and finding objects using a telescope will help open the wonders of the universe. Whatever your ambitions in astronomy, we can help you get started.

Public Viewing and Lecture Programs

Our programs offer an illustrated lecture, and if the sky is clear, observation of the night sky through the telescopes.

Objects that may be viewed include the Moon, the planets Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, and various double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. The scheduled programs are provided as a community service and are free of charge.

Minor Planet Project

Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory ’60 has been issued an Observatory Code I17 designation from the Minor Planet Center.

Fall schedule: September 7 – November 18, 2016

Time: Opens at 7:30 p.m.

The fall series of public lectures and viewing sessions will be conducted every Wednesday, with a repeat of the session on Friday evening.

Groups Welcome

Due to limited seating, groups such as school classes, scouts, and community organizations must make an appointment for private lecture and observation on a night other than scheduled public viewing nights.

Will the sky be clear?

The clear sky chart numerical weather forecast is specifically designed for astronomers and will predict if the Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Observatory will have good weather for astronomical observing. At a glance, the sky chart shows when it will be cloudy or clear for the next two days.

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. ~Plato

Directions to the Observatory

The Observatory is located in Fleetville, PA, a short distance from the College’s main campus in La Plume. It is located at the intersection of Route 107 and Hack Road. To get to the Observatory from I-81, Take Exit 202 off 81 and head west towards Fleetville.

The Observatory is conveniently located near interstate 81. From I-81 take exit 202 onto Route 107 west towards Fleetville. Travel 1.8 miles and turn left onto Hack Road. Observatory entrance road is on your left.

From the College’s main campus in LaPlume, take Routes 6 & 11 West. to Route 107 West. Continue 7 miles then turn right onto Hack Road. Observatory entrance road is on your left.

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All Sky Camera

TGC Observatory contributes to astronomy data by means of an All Sky camera to detect and capture images of fireball meteors and bolides. You can see whatever it does catch at Sky Sentinel Network.

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