Peering through the Coit telescopes
Jason Johns for the Boston Globe; Caption by Meghan Colloton/ Boston.com Correspondent
Among the sights to be seen at Public Open Night is a close-up of the moon, seen through a Schmidt-Cassegrain 8-inch telescope at the observatory. The telescope is perfect for more narrow field deep sky and planetary viewing, like catching a glimpse of Jupiter, thanks to its patented "SkyAlign" system, which automatically focuses on your selected subject for the clearest shot. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the Andromeda galaxy, also known as M31, towards the end of the summer. The galaxy at 2.5 million light years away is one of the furthest things we can see in the night sky, says Quinn Sykes, the Observatory curator.