The Strasenburgh Planetarium has a 12 1/2" telescope on the roof that our club members operate on clear Saturday nights. Free! Climb the 60 stairs to the roof deck via the entrance to the tower next to the rear door of the planetarium.
Weekly update: On May 25th, we'll have a 98% Moon rising a bit after 9, before the sky is very dark. The bright Moon will obscure dimmer objects, but Saturn will be visible sometime after 9. The Moon itself won't be above the trees till after 10, no great loss as there is little detail visible at full Moon anyways. Jupiter has gone too far down into the sunset to obsrve in the scope. Saturn is the most popular object we show. It's better late as it rises higher. Saturn will get higher each week and the view will improve over the next month, staying in the evening sky through August.
Unless at least mostly clear, we may not be open for observing. Dimmer deep sky objects are only visible in fairly clear skies, so:
Call the planetarium box office at 697-1945 after 7:30PM if in doubt.
Click the "more info" link to go to the Museum's website, but please believe the hours and dates posted here as they are updated weekly and are accurate!
The planetarium is part of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, on East Avenue at Goodman Street in downtown Rochester.
The telescope is on the roof, up 60 stairs. Use the parking lot behind the planetarium and the stair case to the scope is to the right before entering the back door of the planetarium.