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University of West Georgia Observatory

 

      Ben Jenkins                                   Dr. Bob Powell

Senior Lab Coordinator                         Director

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


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The University of West Georgia Observatory features a Cassegrain reflecting telescope having a mirror whose diameter is sixeen inches. It is mounted in an observing room whose dome has a diameter of sixteen feet. The Observatory has been in use since October, 1979.  The telescope has been in use since 2008. A variety of portable telescopes and accessories are 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, 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 addition to its usage to support observations for astronomy classes and student projects, a program of public observations are held four to six times per quarter. 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.

Public observations are held if the sky is clear. The current dates and times of public observations are given in the table to the right.

Groups or organizations may request special observations conducted by 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 e-mail to bpowell@westga.edu.


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