Observatory

The StFX Observatory is located on West Street, just off University Avenue. It opened in 2018 and is mainly used for teaching, outreach, and student research projects. It houses the following instruments:

  • 28 cm (11”) Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope (SCT), pier-mounted
  • 25 cm (10”) SCT, pier-mounted
  • 70 mm refractor
  • 60 mm H-alpha filtered refractor for solar observing
  • 33 cm (13”) Dobsonian

A small classroom, with washroom, is located nearby.

During fall 2019, the observatory will be open to the public on Monday and Wednesday night if the sky is sufficiently clear. We may offer additional observation sessions, but information on this will only be available on short notice. Reliable information on the weather is normally only available 6-12 hours before an event. Please visit the Department's Facebook page for information on if and when the observatory will be open. The tentative schedule can be found at the bottom of this page.

Some webpages of interest: 

Environment Canada cloud forecast

Sky and Telescope updates

Astronomical picture of the day

 

Observatory schedule for fall 2019:

September 16 8-9:30pm
September 18 8-9:30pm
September 23 8-9:30pm
September 25 8-9:30pm
September 30 8-9:30pm
October 2 8-9:30pm
October 7 7:30-9pm
October 9 7:30-9pm
October 16 7:30-9pm
October 21 7:30-9pm
October 23 7:30-9pm
October 28 7:30-9pm
October 30 7:30-9pm
November 4 7-8:30pm
November 6 7-8:30pm
November 11 7-8:30pm
November 13 7-8:30pm
November 18 7-8:30pm
November 20 7-8:30pm
November 25 7-8:30pm
November 27 7-8:30pm