The Observatory will be open
for public tours on February 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, &
No reservations are needed for Public tours (Friday & Saturday
evenings listed above). For Private
tours and planetarium shows please email
us or call 317-940-8333.
- Doors Open
- Planetarium and Star Show (rain or shine)
- Telescope Viewing from 8:30 to 10:00
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 February you can come view craters on the Moon, the Orion
Nebula, star clusters, and double stars systems for your very
first time with our new and improved telescope!
The telescope has undergone a
$400,000 refurbishment by Astronomical
Consultants and Equipment. Though additional testing is
to be done in the coming months our vastly improved 38-inch
telescope is now back online for public viewing.
accessibility information or to request disability-related
accommodations, please visit http://www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.