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
What's new at the Observatory?
Update 10-12-2017-- A sky map was completed on Mount #2. The good news is now it is clear what needs fixing to bring the mount to full computer control. Unfortunately, considerable more work will be required than hoped for just a few days ago. The process will take several weeks to complete over the few weather chances we get in late fall, winter and early spring. Therefore, hope to have Mount #2 operational late Spring 2018.
Update 9-28-2017 -Progress continues on Mount and Pier #2. Polar alignment has improved from 3 arcminutes to less than 2 arcminutes. Computer control programs have been updated with new software. New Meridian and Horizon control limits have been developed and installed to safeguard telescopes and cameras from collisons with the pier and other scopes. A sky mapping imaging session was intiated but was aborted due to heavy smoke. All preparations are ready to complete this important step in mount# 2 alignment and operation. A new full aperture solar filter was purchased and installed on the Celestron C14 telescope. New cables have been tested for Mount #2 to allow dual Skyris cameras to image from 2 separate telescopes simultaneously. A camera cable issue for the Atik 414 camera has been resolved completing all thru the mount cable runs.
Udpate 9-8-2017 Mount #1 is now fully operational with point and click with Starry Night 7 Pro software. This allow rapid find and image any object in the extensive SN7 database. Both C11 and C9.25 scopes are now Hyperstar capable. A 4th TV monitor has been installed for the observatory's 4th computer. Testing will soon be begin on a new Mallincam camera using the 4th computer for control.
New photos were added to the photo album page.
Weather data is now available in real-time from the Davis Weather Station at the PMO. Available 24-7.
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) this month after a few more tests. Stay tuned.
Saturday Night Stargazing at PMO October 2017
All Public Observing nights or days at the Observatory are without charge. The Observatory is small and seating is limited. Seats cannot be reserved but are available on a first come, first seated basis.
The Fall season at the Observatory will bring cool clear nights. Please be aware that you will be sitting under the stars with the roof open. It can be chilly as the evening progresses. It is advised to bring warm clothing and perhaps a small stadium blanket if you like to stay warm and comfortable. The Observatory is not heated.
Please check this space for updates on PMO observing nights. A cancellation of the observing night wll be posted here by 6 p.m. on the night of the event if clouds make observing difficult or impossible.
October 28, 2017- International Observe the Moon Night at 6:30 p.m.
Join the world of moon observers at PMO on October 28th ( Saturday night) at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting. We will explore the First Quarter Moon, take a peek at Neptune and Uranus and more. Dress warmly and bring a blanket for the chilly fall nights.
Short Notice Day or Night Observing at the Observatory from November 2017 until April 2018
Watch this spot to see posting of Observing opportunities on short notice as weather permits. It is anticapted that during the late Fall, Winter and early Spring, at best a 24 hour notice coould be given for a possible observing session. Typically our Winter weather in December and January will not offer any observing nights but occasionally a night will become available. Please watch this space if you can come on short notice.
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 arrangements and a special link for either daytime (solar) or night time (night sky) observing.
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.
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Assistant Professor, Science - Astronomy