Faculty and students use telescopes to observe phenomena and objects such as microvariation of blazars, eclipsing binary stars, planets, nebulae and bright quasars.
Remote observing using the SARA telescopes
From the "Star Trek Bridge" control room, we make observations using telescopes around the world.
As a member of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy, we work with the 1-m telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, the 0.60-m telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile and the Jacobus Kapteyn 1-m telescope on the Canary Island of La Palma.
Local observing with the 24-inch telescope
Our main telescope is an Astronomical Consultants and Equipment (ACE) 24-inch (0.61-meter) Ritchey-Chretien telescope with focal ratio F6.2.
The telescope in the Stocker AstroScience Center dome is used by students to conduct a variety of optical astronomy projects.