Telescope during the daytime. A dormitory and the Holyoke Mountain Range are out-of-focus in the background.

Student use

After being trained as Observatory Operators, students are able to use some of the telescopes for independent observing and astrophotography. Any students interested in the training class should register here

Mammoth peering through the eyepiece of a telescope

Additional information

For additional information, contact Observatory Director David Hanneke at

Three people, including one child, using a telescope

Open Houses

Several times a year, the observatory is open to the campus community for an evening open house. We also hold public open houses from time to time.

The Dumbbell Nebula (M27)


Students in Observational Techniques (ASTR 337) use the rooftop observatory to practice their observing skills and acquire data. The observatory is also available for class visits, such as viewing Jupiter's moons or optics demonstrations.