Fountainwood OBSERVATORY

  • NOTICE: There WILL NOT be an eclipse viewing at the Fountainwood Observatory on August 21. The facility does not have enough safe solar viewing equipment to handle large crowds. Please consider other venues.


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 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.

Fountainwood Viewing Nights are always FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Next Public Viewing

Fall 2017 Observatory Events


September 15th, 2017

  • Fountainwood Observatory Public Night
    8:00pm - 10:30pm

October 28th, 2017

  • Fountainwood Observatory Public Night
    8:00pm - 10:30pm

November 4th, 2017

  • Fountainwood Observatory Public Night
    8:00pm - 10:30pm

December 9th, 2017

  • Fountainwood Observatory Public Night
    8:00pm - 10:30pm