Public Programs

Specially Scheduled Programs


Perkins sponsors many more programs and activities than the weekend activities detailed in this brochure. Special programs, slide shows, and tours for school classes, clubs, and other organizations may be arranged by calling (740) 363-1257.


Daytime Programs (Excludes Weekends)

Daytime programs at Perkins may consist of a slide show, a computerized planetarium demonstration, a tour of the Observatory, and/ or observations of the sun using solar-safe telescopes.

The Observatory may be reserved for such a program for a nonrefundable fee of $200 per presentation, payable in advance. In addition, a fee of $1.00 will be charged at the door for each person who attends.


Nighttime Programs or Daytime Weekend Programs

You may schedule a special daytime weekend or nighttime program during the week for your organization (up to 80 people). Programs consist of a talk about stargazing, a tour of the Observatory, and observing with Perkins telescopes, weather permitting. A nonrefundable fee of $400 must be paid in advance for each program.

You can also reserve one of our regular weekend programs for your group for the same price but only if no other members of the public have already signed up for that night. Thus, we recommend calling well in advance to attempt to exercise this option.


Programs Away from Perkins

Tom Burns, Director of Perkins Observatory and author of the Stargazing column in the Tuesday Columbus Dispatch, is available for day or nighttime astronomy talks at locations other than Perkins Observatory. In addition, Tom will bring along a large, portable telescope if the weather permits a bit of stargazing. The fee of $250 will be used to support our public activities at Perkins.



At one time Perkins Observatory rented itself out to host the occasional wedding, birthday party, fund raiser, or other unusual event. However, we no longer rent the observatory for NON-ASTRONOMY programs, events, or parties.


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