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.
PUBLIC NIGHT CANCELLATION Saturday April 5, 2014
The Saturday April 5, 2014 Public Night at the Fountainwood Observatory is Cancelled. The National Weather Service is predicting cloudy weather with a 40% chance of thunderstorms Saturday night (04/05/14). 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. Public Nights will begin again in September 2014. The new schedule will be posted in late August 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.