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.

Fees are found here.


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 might include observing with Perkins telescopes. 

Fees are found here.


Programs Away from Perkins

Don Stevens, Director of Perkins Observatory and an astrophysicist, is available for day or nighttime astronomy talks at locations other than Perkins Observatory. In addition, Don may bring along a large, portable telescope if the weather permits a bit of stargazing.


Fees are found here.



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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