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.
We are also scheduled to open on CLEAR Monday evenings after 7:30pm (and perhaps occasional Thursday evenings later in the term) for the Winter 2017 term for lab observations. A quick check of the observatory phone at 734-487-3033 may verify if we are observing on a particular evening. The observatory observes all university holidays and closures.
For the most up-to-date information on events and open observing please check the Sherzer Observatory Facebook page.
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 go-to telescope are found on our observation deck. In essence, students and staff have access to:
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