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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 at Keystone College 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.

Photo of a red colored moon links to Minor Planet Project

Minor Planet Project

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

Observatory Fall Viewing Program

The Keystone College Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Observatory programs offer an observation of the night sky through the telescopes. The scheduled programs are provided as a community service and are free of charge. No registration required.

September 14-November 18, 2022

The Thomas G. Cupillari ’60 Astronomical Observatory will begin its fall program on Wednesday, September 14 at 8 p.m. and will continue each Wednesday and Friday evening through Friday, November 18. The Observatory will be open 8-10 p.m.

Participants will be able to observe the Moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, and the Milky Way through telescopes.

Open to the public and free of charge, the sessions will be held outdoors or in unheated buildings and visitors should dress for outdoor temperatures. The main classroom building will be open only for restroom use and no formal talks or programs will be presented. The sessions will be held on cloudy or clear nights and will be canceled due to severe weather. Visitors should check the weather before traveling to the Observatory.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, masks will be required.

The Observatory is located at the intersection of Route 107 and Hack Road in Fleetville, a short distance from the College’s main campus. It is approximately two miles west on Route 107 from Interstate 81 exit 202 and approximately two mile east of Fleetville on Route 107. Once visitors turn onto Hack Road, the Observatory is almost immediately to the left.

Groups

Monday evenings are reserved for groups of fewer than 25 such as school classes, scouts, and community organizations. For more information or to make group arrangements, contact Jo-Ann Kamichitis at 570-945-8402 or email observatory@keystone.edu 

Will the sky be clear at the observatory?

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