Closed for Memorial Day
weekend. The Observatory will be open every Fri/Sat
evening in June.
No reservations are needed for Public tours (Friday & Saturday
evenings listed above). For Private tours and
planetarium shows please email
us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Doors Open
- Planetarium and Star Show (rain or shine)
- Telescope Viewing from 9:30 to 10:30
PM (weather permitting;
see our ClearSky
- Please use the 46th St and Sunset Ave
entrance to get to the Observatory. Make a Right at Lilly
Hall and the Observatory is at the top of the
Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium has been serving Butler
University students and the Indianapolis public for over 60 years.
The observatory, one of the largest public observatories in the
world, houses a 38-inch Cassegrain reflector in addition to a
number of smaller telescopes. It is the ninth largest telescope
East of the Mississippi River. The observatory can be visited
during our regular public tours listed above or groups can schedule
private tours at other times.
Please go to the tours tab to the left for more
During March you can come view craters on the Moon, Jupiter,
star clusters, and double stars systems for your very first
The telescope has undergone a
$425,000 refurbishment by Astronomical
Consultants and Equipment. Additional testing is yet to
be done in the coming months but our vastly improved 38-inch
telescope has been used for public viewing. Periodically in the
coming months we may have to take it offline for tweeking.
But have no fear we have a wonderful backup telescope that is
perfect for viewing Jupiter and the Moon.
accessibility information or to request disability-related
accommodations, please visit http://www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.