During the winter of 2000-01, a sliding roof was put on top Valders Hall of Science creating a more versatile observing facility. After the roof was completed, and the floor boards replaced, four telescopes were brought up (two 12 inch telescopes, and two 10 inch telescopes).
All the telescopes are Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes that have the ability to be controlled by a computer. During the winter of 2002-03, a motor was added to the sliding roof, making it much easier for the roof to be opened. Since completion of the observatory, we have been holding public observing sessions one Friday of every month.
Find out what we plan to observe during the next observing session.
- Rooftop rolling (7875 KB)A movie of the rooftop observatory's rolling roof.
- Image: Outside of the Rooftop Observatory. The roof opens by sliding out onto the steel rails.
- Image: Three of our four telescopes. The fourth telescope is just off the right side of the picture. The two telescopes in the front are the 10 inch telescopes while the one in the back corner is one of the 12 inch telescopes.
- Image: One of the 12 in. telescopes with the Apogee AP6E CCD camera attached.
- Image: The drive motor for the roof.