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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.

Equipment

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. Additionally students and staff have access to:

Telescopes

  • Celestron 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain on CGEM/DX GEM
  • Celestron 8" NextStar Schmidt-Cassegrains
  • Orion 16" SkyQuest XX16 GoTo Truss Dobsonian
  • Several 8" and 10" Newtonians on Dobsonian mounts
  • Cornado H-alpha and CaK solar scopes
  • Historically registered 4" Alvan Clark refractor
  • 10" & 12.5" Newtonian telescopes at KEEC, Lapeer, MI
Analysis equipment
  • Cannon 60Da DSLR
  • Cannon 20Da DSLR
  • Cannon XSi DSLR
  • Cannon TSi DSLR
  • SBIG ST-8 CCD
  • 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 more information, please contact:

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