Super Moon October 2016

Paul Morgan Observatory

The Paul Morgan Observatory (PMO) is designed to provide onsite and online viewings of the sun and  night sky. The GS107 2017 class lab exercises will include use of the observatory during the summer of 2017. The observatory will also serve to provide outreach to schools via the Internet and onsite tours starting spring 2017.

Photograph above: Frost Super Moon November 13, 2016 at 5:05 p.m. from PMO

How do I get to the Observatory?

As you approach the main UCC Campus take the first left, up the hill. Turn left, through the big yellow gate.  Go past SOWI at the top of the hill, continue around the loop past the PE Complex.  Just before you get to the Technology Center see a sign to the Tower Building on the right. Turn right and head up the small paved road and turn on the first left up the hill.  Park by the Tower Building and walk across th aprking lot to the Observatory.  You made it!

Observatory Announcements

PMO Updates- May 31,  2017

Weather Data is now available in real time from the Davis Weather station at PMO.  Go to the links on the Weather Skycam page for the latest weather at PMO 24 hrs./day.

Tests are being conducted at the observatory. Work is underway to bring the C 9.25 abd C11 scopes into full operation as tandem scopes for wide field and high magification imaging.  The C 9.25 was successfully tested with a Hyperstar lens (F/1.2) using an Atik 414 CCD camera. Tests have also used a Canon 600D DSLR and Atik Infinity cameras simultaneously on both scopes.  More work and testing  will be required for complete tyandem imaging..

The first Live Streaming tests were successfully conducted with the Lunt Hydrogen Alpha refractor atop the C14 with a Skyris 274 C camera.  Live streaming will be begin (hopefully) in early June after a few more tests.  Stay tuned.

June 10, 2017 - Solar Observing at PMO Continues 

The observatory will host a solar observing event from noon  to 1:30 p.m. Come rain or shine to enjoy a program on observing the August Solar Eclipse.  

June 30th--International Asteroid Night

Weather permitting, Come to PMO at 9:30 p.m. PDT to observe the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and More.  Listen to a talk about Asteroids, Comets and  Impacts like the Tunguska Event of 1908. 

August 5, 2017 - Get Ready for the August 21st Solar Eclipse

Solar observing will be demonstrated from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Come to the observatory to learn about safe solar observing for the August 21st Solar Eclipse.

Soon to be announced  Public Evening Observing sessions:   July and September

Astronomy Classes

GS107, Beginning Astronomy

Summer Term - 4 credits

This summer term astronomy class is taught online with Canvas and can fulfill science elective credits for many different certificates, programs and degrees. Students are encouraged to come to the observatory for weekly observing and imaging sessions either onsite or online. Students get a guided tour of the night sky and observe planets, the moon, the sun, stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. All observing is in a group setting on site or online using the observatory's digital cameras to gather target object images in real-time.

GS298,  Astronomical Imaging and Observing Skills - New!

Summer Term - 1 credit

Students will learn about telescope optics, alignment of telescope mounts, operation of CCD and astro video cameras, computer control of mounts and GoTo operation, imaging and processing images, and celestial coordinates and constellations. Class is limited to 6 students. All students will prepare a portfolio of images of Solar System objects as well as star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. Students will assist with community outreach observing days and nights.

Take the Class

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Visit the Observatory

School visits to the observatory, either online or on site are available NOW, weather permitting. Please email the observatory to arrange a visit for either day (solar) or night time observing.   Schools that want to visit online should  email for arrangments and a special link for either daytime(solar) or night time (night sky) oberving. 

Best dark sky night observing for May is between May 16th and May 27th.  Moon and Jupiter May 28th- May 31st.   Solar observing best from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. weather permittng. 

 Please check events for  new public Solar observing dates and times. Evening observation season will hopefully begin in June as weather permits.

The observatory is located near the Tower Building at UCC. Limited parking is available around the Tower Building. However, there is more parking down the hill from the observatory in front of the Technology Center. For more information, see map. The observatory is handicap accessible and is designed for wheelchair viewing of the TV monitors. Images are seen in real-time in color on large screen TV monitors allowing for group presentations. Simultaneously, the presentations with images can be broadcast online.


Paul Morgan - Contact
Assistant Professor, Science - Astronomy