Crosby Observatory refractor telescope

(c) The Orlando Science Center
Crosby Observatory and
refractor telescope

The aluminum-domed Crosby Observatory atop OSC houses Florida's largest publicly accessible refractor telescope. A one-of-a-kind, custom-built telescope, along with several smaller scopes are available for night sky viewing on Friday and Saturday nights. Peer through the powerful, 10-inch lens of the refractor telescope to view the planets, the four moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and double stars. Friday : 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Saturday : 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Weather Permitting.

The Center's "Science Store" gift shop features an array of educational and entertaining games and souvenirs. The Cafe has sandwiches, salads and other light lunch favorites. Both store and cafe are open to the public and do not require admission to the exhibition. The Science Center also has assembly space that can be rented for corporate meetings and parties.

The Teachers Leadership Center offers study space, equipment and materials to help teachers integrate OSC's exhibits into their curricula. The center has five Discovery Labs full of computers and audiovisual equipment with programs and games that are designed to reinforce the scientific concepts taught by its exhibitions. The TLC also offers a Learning Center where teachers can get educational materials to take back to the classroom. The Center's staff coordinates a Distance Learning Center which will work with teachers to help design curriculum aids that complement Science Center exhibits.

The Orlando Science Center is a full-service attraction with all the necessary amenities, including rest rooms, telephones, an automated teller machine, and a guest-services desk in case of an emergency. The center is fully accessible to the disabled, and strollers and wheelchairs are available for rent. Most of the exhibits are accessible to wheelchairs and have informative signs that are great for hearing-impaired visitors. There is also a special lounge for nursing mothers.