University of Rochester’s Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts free public tours from June through August on selected Friday and Saturday evenings. Tour guides are UR undergraduate and graduate students, as well as members of Rochester’s astronomy club, ASRAS. Three types of tours are offered: Moon, Kids’ and Regular tours. Tours convene on the Mees Observatory grounds in the Bristol Hills at 8PM, begin with a presentation on astronomy topics in Gannett House, and end with a tour of the 24” reflecting telescope, followed by observing of solar system and deep sky objects, whenever sky conditions permit. Reservations are required, and can be requested on this website. Groups larger than 6 require special permission. The tours are quite popular and fill up quickly, so we recommend that those interested place their requests for 2018 as soon as the schedule is established and reservation – taking begins, mid-April. Contact tours director Carol Latta via email at email@example.com with special requests and questions.
Please, note that tour group sizes are limited to a maximum of 6 per reservation, and that total tour size will not exceed 25 persons on a given tour date.
Hello Visitor! We would love to have you join us for a free tour at Mees Observatory.
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 Moon.
IMPORTANT : To complete your reservation request, you MUST click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page.
If your request has been successfully processed, you will receive a confirming email the same day.
If the tour you wish to attend is full, be sure to add your request to the waitlist. Cancellations regularly occur, allowing us to invite those from the WAITLIST to join the tour.
Contact the Tours Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the observatory, go to : http://www.pas.rochester.edu/about/observatory.html