The A&M-Commerce Observatory was developed to house the department telescopes at a permanent location. The observatory is used for the astronomy classes taught at the university and for research by university personnel.
The observatory houses a number of telescopes which can be used simultaneously. These include a 16-inch and three 10-inch telescopes.
The largest telescope is a Meade 16-inch LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with an attached 5-inch Televue refractor. This telescope is housed in a dome and controlled by computers. The 10-inch telescopes are mounted on piers which are aligned with the stars.
Along with looking through the telescopes they can also be used for astronomical imaging and research. The observatory uses a special CCD camera which is made specifically to image very faint astronomical objects. This camera picks up details that the eye is unable to see. Cameras can also be used to collect light for long periods of time, sometimes over an hour, in order to capture the faintest details possible.
The next OPEN HOUSE at the Observatory is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 7-9 pm.
Attendance is free for all who wish to join us for an evening of star gazing, all ages are welcome. Several telescopes will be available for viewing. The observatory will be open from 7-9 pm this Thursday, March 2, 2017.
Directions are available at this link: Observatory Directions
Parking is limited so please be aware of vehicles coming and going as we have excited little visitors.
Please check this site again if we have to cancel due to weather, it will be posted here as well as our facebook page.
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The observatory is located approximately 5 miles south of Commerce.
Directions: Traveling south of Commerce on highway 50, turn east on county road 4208. Travel on this road for approximately half a mile and on your left will be the entrance to the observatory.
Physical Location: 1660 County Road 4208, Campbell, TX 75422-1766 US