Explore the Skies at the Chabot Observatories
Chabot’s giant, historic telescopes offer a unique way to experience the awe and wonder of the Universe. Check out celestial viewing day and night. Our observatory deck offers breathtaking views 1,500 feet above the Bay.
Don’t Miss: A View to the Stars exhibition inside the telescope domes.
The observatories at Chabot Space & Science Center are located 37.819 degrees North latitude and 122.182 degrees West longitude.
- Visit our interactive Sky Calendar for day-by-day tips on what to look for in the sky.
- Visit the Weather Station to view the current conditions.
The telescopes will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve.
Every Quarter (7:30pm - 9:30pm)
$8 (Children 1 & Under Free)
(Does not include General Admission)
Space is limited. Call (510) 336-7373
to reserve your spot on the hill.
Lay on the grass and look up at the stars, this summer! Bring your sleeping bags and blankets and come listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, stories from the night sky as seen throughout history and look for planets and other clues to help orient you to the night’s sky.
Experience spectacular night sky viewing. It’s the best kept secret in the Bay Area. See the magnificence of our telescopes in action!
Regular hours are every Friday & Saturday evening, weather and special events permitting:
- 7:30pm - 10:30pm (during the summer months, telescopes open once the skies are dark)
- Use the outside gate around the back of the Center. Follow the signs to the observatory entrance gate.
General Admission guests are welcome to access the telescopes through our Astronomy Hall with in and out privileges.
During your visit on Saturday and Sunday afternoons our volunteers on the observatory deck will have special telescopes out to view the Sun, Moon, or Venus. Free with General Admission, weather permitting, of course!
- Staffed observatory hours: 12pm - 5pm
- Observing hours: 1pm - 4pm
At Chabot, when the Sun's up, the Sun comes out! With a spectrum of solar viewing aids, including Sun-watching scopes and filters as well as near-live satellite images and movies, explore the many faces of Earth's star. Sunspots, prominences, flares, and coronal mass ejections are all living solar events that you may witness personally. Chabot volunteers and staff will guide you through your personal solar experience, helping to give you a new appreciation of the power, the magnitude, and the sheer beauty of the Sun. Come and see... safely...
Beginning Wednesday, June 1
Wed - Fri: 12pm - 3pm
Sat - Sun: 1pm - 5pm
Beginning Tuesday, June 21 - September 4
Tue - Fri: 12pm - 3pm
Sat - Sun: 1pm - 5pm
Chabot boasts three telescopes on its observatory deck. Nellie, Chabot‘s youngest and most powerful, is housed in a rolling roof observatory, allowing access to 180 degrees of sky. This modern, research-quality telescope offers breathtaking views of the cosmos.
The impressive 20" telescope, named Rachel, is the largest refractor in the western United States regularly open to the public. Its companion, the 8" Alvan Clark refractor, named Leah, is the original 1883 instrument donated by founder Anthony Chabot.
Check out our ObservatoryCam