Kopernik Observatory & Science Center

  • Science Center
  • Non-Profit
698 UNDERWOOD RD
Vestal, NY 13850
(607) 748-3685
(607) 748-3222 (fax)
Hours:
Open every Friday night (March to Mid-December) for a public program as well as for special events.

About Us

The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center opened in 1974, built by the Kopernik Society of Broome County to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Mikolaj Kopernik, the man known to the read more
  • About

    The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center opened in 1974, built by the Kopernik Society of Broome County to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Mikolaj Kopernik, the man known to the world as Copernicus – the “father” of modern astronomy. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of children and adults have experienced the wonders of science through the Observatory’s programs.

    Located atop a 1750 foot hill in Vestal, NY, 13 miles southwest of Binghamton, the Observatory has been one of the best-sited and best equipped public observatories in the Northeast United States for nearly 45 years.

    The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center is the first science laboratory facility in New York State designed for K-12 teachers, students and their families. Its mission is to offer hands-on investigations using advanced telescopes, computers and other tools, encouraging the discovery of the wonders of the Universe. The Observatory is also the home of the Kopernik Astronomical Society (KAS), a group of dedicated observational astronomers. Visitors to the Observatory often will find KAS volunteers helping at Kopernik programs.

    Facilities
    3 Observatory Telescopes
    Solar Heliostat
    Over 12 Portable Telescopes
    Heliostat Solar Telescope
    High-Resolution CCD camera and filter set
    Hershel Wedge & other solar filters
    Photovoltaic Array
    True Color 3D projector
    Computer Lab
    Space Science Lab
    Physics/Laser Lab
    Earth Science Lab
    Weather Station
    Amateur Radio Station (K2ZRO)
    24 Acres
    Portable Planetarium

  • Highlights

    • Science Center
    • Observatory
    • STEM Education
    • Kopernik Science Park
    • Summer Camps
  • Whom to Contact

    • Andrew Deskur
      Exec. Dir.
  • Directions

    Take RT 17 to Exit 67 S. Go 6 miles and turn right onto Glenwood Road. After crossing the bridge, turn left onto Underwood Road. We are two miles up on the left.