Southwestern’s large research-quality reflecting telescope was donated to the Physics Department by Max Allen, a local engineer and builder who was also an amateur astronomer. This Meade LX-200 with Schmidt-Cassegrain* optics and a 16” primary mirror has a digital CCD camera for taking digital images that can be viewed and processed on a computer. This instrument is used by faculty and students for research, and programs of general interest to the public are conducted each month during the academic year.
Next Public Viewing
PUBLIC NIGHT CANCELLATION Saturday March 8, 2014
The Saturday March 8, 2014 Public Night at the Fountainwood Observatory is Cancelled. The National Weather Service is predicting cloudy weather, a 50% chance of showers and wind gusts as high as 20 mph on Saturday night (03/08/14). It is not possible to view objects through heavily overcast skies. In addition there is little cover for the public at the observatory in the event that inclement weather occurs. For these reasons the event is cancelled. Please consider coming to our Yoga Under the Stars fundraising event on Saturday, March 29, 2014 or our last public night of the 2013-2014 academic year on Saturday April 5, 2014.
Spring 2014 Fountainwood Observatory Events
Sun and Moon data from the USNO website.
Public Night, Saturday, Feb 8, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST. Sunset 6:13 PM CST.
Public Night, Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Yoga Under the Stars Fundraiser Event, Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Public Night, Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
2011 Best of Austin Award
The Austin Chronicle gave the Fountainwood Observatory a 2011 Best of Austin Award. Read what they said about the observatory’s public viewing nights here.