Public Programs

Regular Programs


Our 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 Strongly encourage everyone to purchase tickets in advance for our programs! Yes, that means that you might come on a cloudy night. However, we have a lot of activities (not just stargazing) and believe that everyone goes home happy.

Click "How our programs work" for examples of the types of things we have to offer you!
Please read "Things to remember about our programs" when you decided to come to the observatory


Upcoming programs ticket availability

Schedule and ticket availability subject to change without notice or update to the website!
Call ahead to verify availability. If the schedule says, "No Tickets Available", sorry to say it means just that - no tickets are available for sale under any circumstances.

This time of year we often sell out far (weeks) in advance.
Don't wait until the last minute!


Schedule in a Nutshell:

We have public programs on ALMOST EVERY Friday night throughout the year, and certain traditionally observed holidays. (Other dates are available to schedule upon request except the 2nd Saturday of each month. See "Special Programs" for more info.)

Our Schedule is a bit complex coming this year. Please be sure to read it carefully!

Program Dates for 2016

2016 Public Program Brochure

Starting at 8pm: Starting at 9 P.M.: Starting at 8 P.M.:
January 15, 22, 29 May  6, 13, 20, 27 September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
February 5, 12, 19, 26 Jun 3, 10, 17, 24 October 7, 14, 21, 28
March 4, 11, 18, 25 July*(see below) 29 November 4, 11, 18
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 August  5, 12, 19, 26 December 2, 9, 16
Why the varying start time? Daylight Saving Time and the late sunsets of summer.

* CELEBRATION OF THE SUN! - Note for July, 2016:
We will not have any weekend evening public programs. We are doing a special series of programs called "Celebration of the Sun!" During 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. Those programs all begin promptly at 4 P.M. and will be held on the following Saturday afternoons:

July 9, 16, 23



Ticket information


We take credit card orders over the phone for your convenience.
There are many reasons why we handle ticketing and scheduling the way we do.

For the safety and enjoyment of our guest we have these following restrictions:

  1. We do not have a waiting list (buying available tickets on a date gets you on the list for that date).
  2. We do not resell cancellations.
  3. We do not allow people to just show up and wait for a spot.
  4. We do not refund or transfer tickets to other dates for cloudy nights.

We do the programs clear or cloudy (understand that we love clear skies more than you do, but this is central Ohio after all...) throughout the year, so you might have to come a few times on a cloudy night until you get nice clear night. We do a very wonderful cloudy night program, so you should come and enjoy it. Your willingness to purchase tickets clear or cloudy makes it possible to keep the observatory going so we can give you (and others as well) the chance in the future to come on a clear night.

One other option you may consider:  join "Friends of Perkins". You will be able to attend any of our programs and you help support those programs financially.

Groups of more than 10 people must purchase tickets at least two weeks in advance!

Perkins Observatory does sell tickets at the door when space permits, but we are limited to a maximum of 80 people. You still need to call in advance to check availability. If the schedule above say "No Tickets Available", then that mean just that - there are no tickets available under any circumstances. At the door tickets are first come, first serve and cost an extra $2.00 for each ticket.

If you do not have tickets but would like to attend a program, please call (740) 363-1257 before driving out to see if we have room for you. We hate to turn people away at the door.

We do not take ticket orders via mail, email, or fax, only by phone.
Please call in advance to order  your ticket order.


Adults:     $ 10.00
Children:  $ 8.00
Seniors:   $ 8.00

NOTE: Tickets purchased on the day of the program cost $2.00 more each.
We Accept all Major Credit Cards!

To order tickets, call:

(740) 363-1257

Sorry to say we do not have "normal" business hours. So, leave a voice message or call about 2 hours before the program begins.


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