Skip Navigation
About Keystone About Keystone Academics Academics Tuition & Aid Tuition & Aid Athletics Athletics Admissions Admissions Student Life Student Life

Thomas G. Cupillari '60 Observatory

  • Homect_img
  • Thomas G. Cupillari '60 Observatory

Thomas G. Cupillari '60 Observatory, located a short drive from our La Plume campus, promotes an understanding of the night sky along with a general knowledge of astronomy for the students and staff of Keystone College and the general public of Northeast Pennsylvania.


The telescope that is the heart of the Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory, located a short drive from campus, has a history stretching back to the late 19th century. It was constructed originally for Beloit College, Wis., in 1882 by the firm of Alvan Clark & Sons of Cambridgeport, Mass., makers of the finest refracting lenses ever ground in the United States. The instrument was acquired in 1967 by Dave Garroway, a television pioneer of the 1950s best known for hosting the "Today" show on NBC.

Read more

Sky Almanac

The sky almanac is a guide to sky watching that contains useful information - how to find planets, stars and constellations, and when to look out for them.

Read the Sky Almanac

Clear Sky Chart

The Clear Sky Chart is used by astronomers to forecast, at a glance, the visibility of the sky for one specific observing site.

Clear Sky Chart thumbnail

Contact Information

Jo-Ann Kamichitis
(570) 945-8402

Observatory Code Issued from MPC

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

Read More