DUdley Observatory is a great public institution in New York's capital district. THough there has not been an actual observatory for many years, Dudley has been holding public events introducing people to the night sky; training Rising Star interns, their parents and teachers, to use telescopes and show things at public events; sponsoring lectures by knowledgeable speakers and authors; and generally keeping astronomy, its uses, and its history, alive and growing. It was great fun to be part of the recreation of a historic group photograph during their anniversary a couple of years ago. Author Dava Sobel was the guest of honor.
Dudley is an amazing organization that does an amazing amount given its small budget. The lectures and other public events are great, as are the educational programs. Great bang for the buck!