Washburn Observatory, now home to the UW honors program and still in use for undergraduate observing instruction and public open house viewing.
Gov. Cadwallader C. Washburn was the founder of Washburn Observatory.
First Director of Washburn Observatory
Assistant and “computer” at the Washburn Observatory, 1882-1883
Student and computer (part of the Washburn staff responsible for data reduction)
Wisconsin Astronomer (ca. 1885).
Wisconsin Solar Observatory
The Wisconsin Solar Observatory in front of Washburn Observatory
Washburn Observatory (1920s)
Washburn in the 1920s.
Washburn Aerial Photo
Washburn 15 Inch Refractor
The 15 inch refractor at Washburn Observatory still in operaturion during open houses and undergraduate observing instruction.
Edward Holden with 4.8 inch Respold meridian circle.
Founder of the Woodman Astronomical Library
First Woodman Astronomical Library
The original Woodman Astronomical Library was Located in Washburn Observatory.
Albert S. Flint
Staff Astronomer at Washburn Observatory
George Comstock was the third director of the Washburn Observatory.
Joel Stebbins (fourth director of Washburn Observatory) at the eye piece of the 15 inch refractor.
General Astronomy Instruction
The Washburn refractor has long been used in graduate and undergraduate instruction.
Pine Bluff Mirror Blank
Albert Whitford & C. Morse Huffer inspect the mirror blank for the 36 inch Pine Bluff Telescope (1952).
Sterling Hall Bombing
Sterling Hall, which at that point housed the Astronomy on its top floors, was bombed in 1970. See Wiki article for more information on this tragic event.