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Sherzer ObservatoryVance with 10" apo

The observatory is open on clear  Tuesday evenings from September through April (academic year) following Astronomy Club meetings, and at select times during spring/summer terms (May through August).  It is operated by Physics & Astronomy staff and student volunteers from the EMU Astronomy Club.  Additionally, observing sessions are performed by students in several of the astronomy courses on clear nights during the semester. Clear TUESDAY evenings have been set aside for public observations for Fall term 2016 from 8:00pm to ~ 11pm (end of dusk to ~11pm). There may be occasions we are open on CLEAR Monday and Thursday evenings after 8pm later in the term as well. A quick check of the observatory phone at 734-487-3033 may verify if we are observing on  particular evening.


The focal point of the observatory is the 10" f/14 apochromatic refractor with a 4" apochromatic refractor guide scope that is housed in the main dome.  A secondary dome contains an automated Celestron EdgeHD 9.25" SCT for digital imaging, and several computerized telescopes including a large Celestron 14-inch goto telescope are found on our observation deck. In essence,  students and staff have access to:


  • Celestron 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain on CGEM/DX GEM
  • Celestron 9.25" and 8" NextStar Schmidt-Cassegrains
  • Orion 16" SkyQuest XX16 GoTo Truss Dobsonian (at KEEC Fish Lake)
  • Two Orion 12" SkyQuest GoTo Newtonians
  • Several 8" and 10" Newtonians on Dobsonian mounts
  • Lunt 60mm .7A solar H-alpha telescope
  • Cornado H-alpha and CaK solar scopes
  • Historically registered 4" Alvan Clark refractor
  • 10" & 12.5" Newtonian telescopes (at KEEC Fish Lake, Lapeer, MI)
Analysis equipment
  • Cannon 60Da DSLR
  • Cannon 20Da DSLR
  • Cannon XSi DSLR
  • Cannon TSi DSLR
  • ZWO all-sky/astro CCD
  • Orion StarShoot color CCD
  • Celestron NightWatch color CCD
  • Stellacam II CCD video camera
  • SSP-5 PMT Photometer
  • RSpec-Explorer spectroscopic telescope system
  • Daystar .6A & .7A H-alpha filters for 10-inch apo and 8" SCT's
  • Lunt 60mm .7 A H-alpha telescope

For more information, please contact:

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344