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Sherzer ObservatoryVance with 10" apo

The observatory is open on clear Thursday 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.


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.  Additionally students and staff have access to:


  • Celestron 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Celestron 8" NextStar Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Meade 8" LX-200 Schmidt-Cassegrain
  • Several 8" and 10" Newtonians on Dobsonian mounts
  • Cornado H-alpha and CaK solar scopes
  • Historically registered 4" Alvan Clark refractor
Analysis equipment
  • Cannon 60Da DSLR
  • Cannon 20Da DSLR
  • Cannon XSi DSLR
  • Cannon TSi DSLR
  • SBIG ST-237 CCD
  • Orion StarShoot color CCD
  • Celestron NightWatch color CCD
  • Stellacam II CCD video camera
  • SSP-5 PMT Photometer
  • Star Spectroscope eyepiece
  • Daystar H-alpha filter

For more information, please contact:

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