May 03, 2017
Washburn Public Observing
Completed in 1881, the Washburn Observatory was a major research facility for about 50 years. Now over 100 years later, the Observatory's original 15-inch diameter achromatic refracting telescope (over 20 feet in length!) still provides great views of the heavens despite the considerable light pollution on the University of Wisconsin campus. If you are interested in visiting this historic observatory, please follow the link to the right for information about free regularly-scheduled public observing sessions led by University of Wisconsin astronomy graduate students.