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 September 20, 2014
The Saturday September 20, 2014 Public Night at the Fountainwood Observatory is cancelled. According to the National Weather Service heavily overcast skies and a 20% chance of thunderstorms are predicted for Saturday night (09/20/14). Unfortunately 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 rescheduling your visit to the Fountainwood Observatory for the Saturday October 4, 2014 Public Night.
On hand to guide viewing will be S.U. Fountainwood Observatory staff and talented observers from the Williamson County Astronomy Club. Fountainwood Viewing Nights are always FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. The Observatory is located on the northeast side of campus adjacent to the Rockwell Baseball Field.
Fall 2014 Observatory Events
Sun and Moon data from the USNO website.
Public Night, Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Public Night, Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CST.
Public Night, Saturday, Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Yoga Under the Stars Fundraiser Event, Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM CDT.
Best of Austin
The Austin Chronicle gave the Fountainwood Observatory a Best of Austin Award. Read what they said about the observatory’s public viewing nights here.