John Dobson

John Dobson at Hampshire College


This website is dedicated to John Dobson, telescope designer, sidewalk astronomer, and cosmologist, who made the heavens available to so many.




A Sidewalk Astronomer  Jeffrey Jacobs’ documentary featuring John Dobson, is available for purchase

 Articles about Mr. Dobson

Smithsonian Magazine 

Air and Space Magazine


Other links

Amateur Astronomers Association of NY

Westchester Amateur Astronomers

Overview Institute

Short film about astronauts’ shifts in perspective

Comparative planetary and stellar sizes

Scale of the universe

Moon Phase Calendar

What planets can I see tonight? (US Navy Observatory tool)

Universe stats

Sky and Telescope magazine online


smallstar“The universe is a lot bigger than the earth and it’s a lot bigger than the solar system and it’s a lot bigger than our galaxy and we  owe it to ourselves to notice it.”  –John Dobson