Southwestern University


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.


Mark Bottorff

Associate Professor of Physics



Mark Bottorff

Associate Professor of Physics

Spring 2018 Observatory Events

April 13, 2018 Public night cancelled

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

More Info

For up-to-date news and information about public viewing nights - including weather-related updates - call the Fountainwood Observatory Hotline at 512.863.1242.

The Observatory is located on the northeast side of campus adjacent to the Rockwell Baseball Field.

From IH-35 take Exit #261 (Texas Hwy 29). Follow Hwy 29 east into Georgetown, approx. 1.3 miles. Turn left at Southwestern Boulevard.

Parking is available along Southwestern Boulevard, behind the Corbin J. Robertson Center.