Equipment and Facilities


  Three telescopes are available for use by elementary astronomy students on the roof of Sterling Hall; two of them are permanently mounted in domes and the third is a portable telescope which is placed on the footings at the west end of the roof when in use.  These three telescopes are used principally for instructional purposes rather than research, and can be used by students in introductory classes with the consent of their instructors, and completion of a short training session*.  The 15" refractor located at the Washburn Observatory is used primarily for public viewing on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.
* please contact Dave Hoffman to schedule training session
 
Aperture
Type
Focal Length
Purpose
Location
6"
Refractor
92"
Education
Sterling Hall
Madison, WI
8"
Newtonian Reflector
65"
Education
portable unit
12"
Cassegrain Reflector
164"
Education
Sterling Hall
Madison, WI
15.6"
Refractor
243"
Public Viewing & Education
Washburn Observatory
Madison, WI
16"
Cassegrain Reflector
300"
Research
Pine Bluff Observatory
Cross Plains, WI
36"
Cassegrain Reflector
492"
Research
Pine Bluff Observatory
Cross Plains, WI
138"
Modified Cassegrain Reflector
866"
Research
WIYN Observatory
Kitt Peak
Tucson, AZ
 
    The primary research facilities are located at Pine Bluff Observatory (about 15 miles outside of Madison), and the WIYN Observatory located at the Kitt Peak National Observatory outside of Tucson Arizona.  The Pine Bluff Observatory's 36" telescope is host to state-of-the-art instrumentation used in astronomical research.  Most of the instrumentation that resides on the 36" telescope is designed to fit on the WIYN telescope as well.  The WIYN telescope incorporates state-of-the-art telescope technologies including remote observing capability.  The remote observing capability allows data acquisition and direct control of the telescope in Arizona, from the Astronomy Department here in Wisconsin.
 

Other equipment and facilities at Sterling Hall include:
Perkin-Elmer Microdensitometer
MADRAF (Midwestern Astronomical Data Reduction and Analysis Facility)
WIYN Remote Observing computer facility
Spitz Planetarium with 30 person seating capacity
Astronomy Computer Lab with 12 computer stations
Woodman Astronomical Library