The University of West Georgia Observatory features a Cassegrain reflecting telescope having a mirror whose diameter is sixteen 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.Dr. Powell in 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.

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

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

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Public Observations at the West Georgia Observatory 

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

2017 2018

SPECIAL EVENT: Total Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017 at 1:00-4:30 PM


Pictures from the Observatory

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