Observatory

The UW-Whitewater Observatory is a teaching and research facility. Contained in the observatory dome is a 16 inch aperture diameter Cassegrain reflecting telescope. The facility includes a telescope storage room, a general-purpose room in which evening observing sessions, public lectures, and supervised student research take place. While the observatory dome and telescope storage room are maintained at an outside temperature, the general-purpose room, that includes computers for data reduction and laboratory activities, is actively heated in winter and cooled in summer. Immediately outside of the observatory is a viewing area for constellation studies and for instruction in the use of small, portable telescopes. The observatory is used by astronomy classes for both daytime and nighttime activities, for announced lectures to the general public on alternate Friday evenings during semesters, and for tours and activity sessions for school groups.