Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory

Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory, Tupper Lake: Hours, Address, Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory Reviews: 4.5/5

Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory

Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory
4.5
Observatories & Planetariums
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
About
The Adirondack night sky, the wilderness above, is simply spectacular! It is here that something unique is being created: the Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory. Formerly the Adirondack Public Observatory, the Sky Center has evolved into a regionally recognized center for the observation of the cosmos, and has been providing quality experiences for people of all ages through astronomy. The Board is running a fundraising campaign to allow us to establish a three-building permanent facility. In 2013, we completed the first step: the Roll-off Roof Observatory, at 178 Big Wolf Road, open as weather and staffing permit for stargazing. We also currently have an office, Gift Shop, and Classroom open daily from 10-5 at 36 High Street. Today, that journey continues. Construction has begun on a $15 million, 17,000 square foot AstroScience Center, estimated to take five years from ground clearing to completion. Please join us!
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debbiechickie5
Schenectady, NY43 contributions
Erratic hours
Aug 2019
While I LOVE this place, love what their mission is, love the location, love the people who staff it, there's problems.This year had bad weather every time there was a meteor shower, so during prolific Perseids, I expected they'd be open during the peak night. Nope. I was told I could buy my own private viewing party instead. In September, they cancelled the 9/6 viewing party the same day & now there is no viewing party Oct. 4 due to a $$$$ conference. While I understand things come up, being open so few hours means visitors often plan **their vacation** around a visit, so when the Observatory is suddenly closed or cancelled last minute, it's a big bummer. Call ahead to check when they will be open. Communication is spotty- often phone calls not returned or FB messages not replied to.
Written 18 September 2019
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Hi Debbie - We are SO glad you love us! Thank you for that. Keep in mind that right now we are a tiny shop, with volunteer astronomers only, so we have to limit when we offer what. We generally try for Fridays, sometimes Saturdays if all conditions are right. The Perseids are visible to the naked eye, so you can see them without our big telescopes, though it is great to have the astronomer there to give the facts and figures, we agree. But these limitations are frustrating to us too, which is why we are raising funds to build the AstroScience Center museum and planetarium! When we have a building and astronomy staff members, it will be more abundant and predictable programming, though for stargazing we will always be somewhat weather dependent, as you can understand. We can't expose the equipment to precipitation, so that also limits when we open. We always recommend you get on our email list (sign up on our home page at adirondackskycenter.org) to get up to date info on our ability to open. Finally, our Astrophotography Conference is renowned among astronomy buffs for its value; workshops like this often cost thousands and ours is a very good deal. Thanks again for checking in! - Adirondack Sky Center team
Written 19 September 2019
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pinsnpines
Marion, IN56 contributions
Now called the Adirondack Sky Center
Sep 2018 • Family
Just saw your write up about the best places in N. America for star gazing. We would like to add another. The Adirondack Sky center. This is the darkest area west of the Mississippi. On many nights the Milky Way is visible and some times the Northern Lights. Every Fri. night in the summer months they have star gazing with several telescopes available. Several lectures during the year given by local professors and others. There is a small center in the town where they offer different experiences for the children during the day .There is no charge for the Fri. night star gazing. They would appreciate donations as they are fund raising for a visitors center and expansion.
Written 25 April 2019
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astro14
Atlanta, GA188 contributions
Tupper Lake Astronomy Observatory (APO)
Oct 2018 • Solo
I was in the town of Tupper Lake in October this year for an astronomy event. I wanted to put my reviews on Astronomy in this town, and this is why I decided post this separate. Tupper Lake may be a small town however, it has what many do not have and that is an Astronomy Public Observatory. The town is in the great Adirondack Mountains area of N.Y. And this means very dark skies for observing planets, galaxies, nebulas, and many other deep sky objects. I was very impress with their observatory, there small headquarters in town and the outreach programs they are currently doing. On Friday night (weather permitting) The people who operate this Observatory (APO) will put outside scopes for the public to view the night skies. The APO is a wooden frame building with a roll-off-roof with four major scopes to include a historic scope named “Old Town Pump.” The history of this scope is significant and plays a very important part of the APO. On the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. The APO opens its door to the public, and what a fantastic experience it has on everyone who visits the site 178 Big Wolf Road. They have their office and gift shop in downtown on 36 High Street. I was very impress because it has many items related to astronomy, classroom for education on many topics in astronomy. What really impress me was the new soon to begin construction of the new first-class faculty called “Adirondack Sky Center” that will lecture hall, planetarium, exhibit hall, and Yes, a “24” inch research telescope building in providing to the public access to a research quality telescope. The staff members of this fancily are very knowledgeable in astronomy, will answer any questions you might have, and guide you in the right direction if interested in learning more about Astronomy. When you have your own town supporting this kind of facility, then it is very unique. So, if you are passing by or in town, it would be highly suggested that you visit Tupper Lake APO. The facility is for everyone young or old. If you have young ones stop by on the designated dates during the month because watching their faces with excitement is opening their minds to potential future professionals. I will be going back soon to Tupper Lake to enjoy myself, and at the same time view the night skies at APO.
Written 5 November 2018
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Jillo131
Hamburg, NY60 contributions
Wondrous summer star gazing
Aug 2018 • Family
If you are in Tupper Lake on a Friday evening and the skies are clear, be sure to take advantage of the free star gazing. Well-informed staff help visitors view different celestial objects through very high-powered telescopes.
Written 13 August 2018
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sugarsparkles
Cinnaminson, NJ11 contributions
Fantastic
Jul 2018 • Family
This was a great experience for us! We live near a large city so we have a ton of light pollution so this was a great! They had 3 high powered telescopes set up when we went and were able to see the rings of Saturn, Jupiter and it’s moon, some stars and the surface of the moon. They also did a talk and pointed out a bunch of things. Great opportunity for us.
Written 23 July 2018
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Phyllis10
Ronkonkoma, NY652 contributions
Solar Eclipse
Aug 2017 • Couples
We went here for the Solar Eclipse. They had glasses to buy for $1 each. and they had some telescopes set up, although we didn't get a chance to look thru them. They were also selling cookies and I think some books and shirts. It was in a nice big open field so people were siting or lying on the grass watching the eclipse. It was a nice place to lay back and watch the eclipse!
Written 30 August 2017
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Lawson
New City, NY25 contributions
WOW THIS PLACE IS FANTASTIC. You can almost touch the stars.
Jun 2017 • Friends
Charming observatory with hi tech telescopes and friendly people to guide you through the darkest night sky's in the country. The APO has turned many people on to astronomy. A must see . You owe it to yourself.
Written 3 August 2017
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Jerrie W
Tupper Lake, NY26 contributions
LittleBuilding - Big View
Sep 2016 • Solo
The APO is located past Little Wolf Beach. It's a great place for professional and amateur stargazers. Look for the sign on Route 3 in downtown Tupper Lake to guide you to an awesome experience.
Written 17 January 2017
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snarklady
Philadelphia, PA53 contributions
Friday nights
Jul 2016 • Friends
The Adirondacks are dark at night, and this observatory was set up to take advantage of that. Every Friday night, weather permitting, they aim several telescopes at whatever's visible and interesting that night and help you look into them and explain what you're seeing. Spectacular and free.
Written 12 September 2016
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Ronbelleville
4 contributions
Stargazing at the APO
Jun 2016 • Solo
Amazing facility for such a small community. We took our grandchildren there and Mark (one of the founders) not only gave us a tour of the facilities but spent time with the the kids --age 7-12-- explaining the telescopes and pointing out various stars and constellations. Best to visit on a clear night.
Written 22 August 2016
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Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM