The University of West Georgia Observatory

The University of West Georgia Observatory features a Cassegrain reflecting telescope having a mirror whose diameter is sixteen inches and that is mounted in an observing room whose dome has a diameter of sixteen feet. This system has been in use since October, 1979. Two telescopes having mirrors fourteen inches in diameter, a variety of portable telescopes, and accessories are also stored at the Observatory. Using this window to the rest of the universe, West Georgia's students and people from the surrounding area have observed the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, nebulas, star clusters, and galaxies. The facilities are available for observation of solar and lunar eclipses. During 1985-1986, about 3000 people saw the Halley's comet using telescopes at the Observatory. In June, 2012, over three hundred people saw the transit of Venus across the Sun.

In addition to its usage to support observations for astronomy classes, labs, and student projects, public observations are held each month during the academic year. Special observations by science classes, science clubs, and civic or religious groups may be arranged by contacting the Director of the Observatory, Dr. Bob Powell, by calling him at (678) 839-4095, writing him at the Department of Physics, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 30118, or sending an e-mail to bpowell@westga.edu.

If the sky is clear, the West Georgia Observatory will be open to the public at the following times:

September 16 8:30 9:30 p.m.
October 7 8:30 9:300 p.m.
November 4 7:30 8:30 p.m.
December 2 7:30 8:30 p.m.
January 20 7:00 8:00 p.m.
February 10 7:00 8:00 p.m.
March 3 8:30 9:30 p.m.
April 7 9:30 10:30 p.m.
May 5 9:30 10:30 p.m.