Astronomical Equipment

PLANETARIUM

A small teaching planetarium is located in the building. A simple GOTO star projector, video projector and two 35 mm projectors ,controlled by ShowWizard, allow for the production of short planetarium shows. The students stand around the circumference of the 10 feet diameter dome. A laser disk and DVD player with an adequate sound system round out the planetarium equipment.

The DAVID LEO JOSEPH LUNT SOLAR TELESCOPE

The SolarMax 90 is a thermally stabilized FP etalon, H-alpha filtered, refractor type solar telescope. A video eyepiece allows high resolution solar images to be displayed on a video monitor within the student work area and over the internet.

10 FT. DIAMETER OBSERVATORY DOME

The 14 in. Schmidt-Cassegrain, computer controlled telescope is house in a motorized, fiberglass dome observatory building.



OBSERVATORY CONTROL ROOM

The observatory control room is designed to be similar to all standard observatory control rooms. The students get a "feel" for the actual operation of an observatory and follow similar procedures when observing.

14 IN.  SCHMIDT-CASSEGRAIN TELESCOPE


The 14 in. telescope is used by students to collect images using one of two CCD instruments. The telescope and instrument are controlled from the Control Room.

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