As part of the Mathematics and Physics Refurbishment, we have built, commissioned and operate a small observatory on the roof of the Physics Building for the use of undergraduate astrophysics teaching. Initially this is being used for Level 4 MSci Projects, plus general viewing by students upon invitation.
The observatory houses a 14-inch (0.35m) Meade ACF LX850 on a fixed Altair Astro pier. The telescope can be used visually or with a camera. We have an ATIK One 6.0 CCD camera, and ZWO ASI1600MC-C and ZWO ASI120MM CMOS cameras. The dome is a Pulsar Observatories 2.7m full height dome. During the night all observations can be carried out at an observing desk within ARC. Software control is via The Sky X Pro for the mount/dome and Maxim DL for image/data acquisition.
In addition, we have two portable Meade LS-6 ACF telescopes for use with Level 3 MSc Projects plus public events.
|Telescope in Dome after first installation, September 2017.|
|Dome at night on 5 October 2017. Lights in the background are from Windsor Park Stadium where Northern Ireland have just scored a memorable goal against Germany.|
|Observing Desk Screens, showing daytime imaging of Venus|
|First light on 21 September 2017 - Globular Cluster M15|
|Crab Nebula on 11 February 2018|
|Whirlpool Galaxy M51 on 19 March 2018|
|Supernova SN2018zd in NGC2146 on 30 April 2018 (V~14.5)|
|The Ring Nebula on 28 May 2018. The central exposed white dwarf has V=15.2|
|Globular Cluster M13 on 28 May 2018.|
|Venus in the daytime on 7 June 2018, diameter 13 arcsec.|