Thank you for helping make the 2019 season a great success! We loved hosting all of our guests. As of September 1, UR students have reclaimed Mees Observatory as their own, for observing and research. 

3/19/20: Due to the need to all of us to adhere to COVID-19 avoidance protocols, and to the uncertainties about their duration, we are postponing any announcements about summer tours at Mees Observatory. If it becomes clear that we can safely schedule tours for Summer 2020, we will do so. Check back here for updates mid-May.

University of Rochester’s Department of Physics and Astronomy offers free public tours of Mees Observatory (in the beautiful Bristol Hills) on selected Friday and Saturday evenings (and an occasional weeknight) during June, July and August. Tour guides for these events are UR undergraduate and graduate students, as well as members of Rochester’s astronomy club, the Astronomy Section of the Rochester Academy of Science, all of whom love sharing their astronomy knowledge and expertise.

Three types of tours are offered: Regular tours, for adults and older children; Kids’ tours, for children up to age 12 and the adults who accompany them; and Moon Tours, with primary focus on the waxing Moon. All tours begin at 8PM with a presentation in Gannett House on astronomy-related topics, appropriate to the specific tour (Regular, Kids’, Moon). Guests are then invited on a tour of the observatory and its 24” reflecting telescope, and offered observing of Solar System and Deep Sky objects, if sky conditions allow. On clear nights, the skies at Mees Observatory are exceptionally good for telescope observing. Tours typically wrap up by 11PM or so.

Reservation requests are limited to 6 people; groups larger than that can request an exception by contacting Tours Director Carol Latta at    Reservation requests for Kids’ Tours must include children.

We typically receive many more requests than we are able to accommodate; so it is vital that those with reservations reconfirm them a week prior to their tour, and give adequate notice of cancellation so that waitlisted guests can be invited to join the tour.

The address of Mees Observatory is:
C. E. Kenneth Mees Observatory, 6604 East Gannett Hill Road, Naples NY 14512

Mees inside the dome