Observatory

Equipment

The BSU Observatory was re-built during the summer of 2011, and currently houses a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain as its main research instrument in addition to more than a dozen other telescopes.

Research Equipment

Telescope: Celestron 14" EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

Camera: Apogee Alta CCD camera and filter wheel

Mount: Paramount ME Robotic Telescope System with Paramount ME/MX Permanent Pier
This German equatorial mount has a weight capacity of 150 lbs, and carries the main telescope in the dome.

Outreach Equipment

Telescopes

  • 8 x 8" Celetron EdgeHD Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes (outside the dome on stationary piers and/or portable mounts)
  • Coronado Personal Solar Telescope (safe viewing of the Sun).
  • 6 x 8" Dobsonian Telescopes
  • TeleVue NP127is 5" f/5.2 Nagler-Petzval Apochromatic Refractor
  • TeleVue 101mm, f/5.4, APO Nagler-Petzval Refractor
  • 2 x Unitron Refractors

Cameras

  • Mallincam Color Video CCD (Provides capability for displaying deep sky objects such as galaxies and nebulae in color on a monitor, and in real time)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR

Mounts

  • 5 x Losmandy GM 8 Equatorial Mounts
  • 4 x iOptron MiniTower Pro GOTO Systems

Eye Pieces

  • TeleVue 41mm 2" Panoptic
  • Set of 1 1/4" Parfocal Brandon eyepieces
  • Set of TeleVue Plossls
  • Set of TeleVue Radians