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Tickets may be purchased by either phone with a credit/debit card or by check via mail-in order form.
was founded in 1923 by Hiram Perkins of Ohio Wesleyan University. It is primarily an active research and educational facility used by the faculty and students of the OWU Physics and Astronomy Department.

However, we DO offer public programs (day and night) for those interested in Astronomy. See the 'Public Programs' menu item above for more details.

We are the ONLY observatory in central Ohio which conducts hundreds of public programs for tens of thousands of people each and every year!




REGULAR PROGRAMS - Most Friday Evenings

regular programsOur public nights are fun for the whole family! Individuals, families, and groups of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend.

We have limited openings for our Friday night programs throughout the remainder of the year.
So, If you want a guaranteed spot in one of our your tickets now for the next available date!

* We do not hold the Friday night programs during the " Cerebration of the Sun! " program period in July. See below.
NEW VISTAS IN ASTRONOMY - Adult Lecture Series

new_vistaThis lecture series meets on one Thursday night each month, and is geared toward a more adult audience. It is a "mini-course" in astronomy, in which OSU and OWU professors discuss their current research and any new findings in their area of expertise! Tickets are $8 for each lecture. Tickets for the entire series are available at a discount. All lectures begin promptly at 8 pm.


celebration of the sun During July, we do not have any weekend evening public programs. We instead do a special series of programs called "Celebration of the Sun!" In early summer, when the sun sets too late to schedule evening programs, Perkins will instead host late afternoon activities to celebrate, talk about, and observe with special telescopes (weather permitting) our incredible "day star," the sun.


special_programsIf our regular programs don't meet your needs, then why not schedule something just for you and your group? We can come to speak to your classes at your school, or you could bring them to Perkins for a daytime field trip. Do you have lots of Cub Scouts or Home School children? Come see us for a special daytime or evening program. Date availability varies according to our schedule and that of the university's. All dates are on a first come, first serve basis.

Call ahead to verify availability and purchase tickets. If the schedule says, "No Tickets Available", sorry to say it means just that - no tickets are available for sale under any circumstances.
Please be sure you have thoroughly read and understand our policy in regards to public programs and ticket purchases before you call and order tickets! Click here and here to read our policy.
Schedule and ticket availability subject to change without notice or update to the website!

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