Thinking about buying a telescope for the holidays? Try before you buy! Come to the National Air and Space Museum's Public Observatory and test out a variety of telescopes. Get advice from knowledgeable staff and volunteers!
Do not miss this chance to see an array of celestial objects through a large historic telescope and several portable telescopes.
Viewings are always weather dependent. If it is cloudy, the observing will be canceled. Check @SIObservatory on Twitter for updates related to weather closures or call (202) 633-2517. Tickets are not required.
Accessibility: The terrace and Observatory dome are accessible. Viewing through the main telescope is fully accessible to all visitors with an extended eyepiece.
Consider signing up for a training session to learn to use new telescopes after the holidays, at UMD Observatory's New Telescope Owners' Nights.