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Directions To Darling Hill And OCC Meetings

Directions (Darling Hill and Ferrante Hall)

These are the directions to The Darling Hill Observatory where we observe in the Spring, Summer and Fall according to our schedule. We also host many public viewing nights during the season according to our public viewing schedule. During the cold Winter Months we hold our meetings at Ferrante Hall at Onondaga Community College according to our meeting schedule.  A Google maps link can be found here.

Darling Hill Observatory

Use the google map above or
click on the map for a larger view
(the map is centered on Darling Hill Observatory)


– Take Interstate 81 to the TULLY Exit (20 minutes from Syracuse or Cortland).

– Turn WEST on ROUTE 80 (the Burger King Direction, NOT the Nice n’ Easy Direction).

– Travel 3.3 miles to VESPER.


– Travel SOUTH on STRONG ROAD (it winds a bit) for 0.4 miles (at the poorly marked fork in the road, head up the Big Hill to the LEFT).

– Drive for about 1 mile. Look for an OPEN GATE on the RIGHT with a large sign saying “sas.”

– Turn RIGHT and drive on up the hill.

– If it is dark, remember to turn your headlights off and use your parking lights (otherwise you will affect other observers’ night vision).

– Park in the meadow and proceed up to the observatory building.


Remember to turn off your headlights
and only use your parking lights!
(Y)Our Night Vision Will Thank You!

Click the image above for a larger view of the
SAS Darling Hill Observatory.

Ferrante Hall, OCC

This Google Maps link will take you to the side of Ferrante Hall, but you need to park in the parking lots behind the building.  Google doesn’t recognize the large parking lots in the back.  Let Google guide you to the side of Ferrante Hall, then pull around to the back and park in the large parking lot.


Take West Seneca Turnpike (RT 175) from Route 81 and follow it until you see the college main entrance on the right

From Camillus and Fairmont, take Onondaga Road (RT 173) to the BACK entrance of the college

Follow either set of arrows on the map below.

Ferrante Hall is marked. Park in the lot marked X
and go in through the door pointed to by the arrow.

At the end of the hall is an elevator.
-Take it to the 3rd Floor
-Walk straight ahead then
-Around the corner to Room 285.

NOTE: Although the entrance looks like a service entrance, a double door with no windows, YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!

First appearance: January 23rd, 2011. Page subject to updates.