Observatory

The StFX Observatory is located on West Street, just off University Avenue (building 25 to the left of West Street on the campus map). 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 winter 2020:

The times given are "arrival times". People who want to join us for an observation session should arrive at the observatory during the hour given in the schedule. Depending on the interest of visitors, we will keep the observatory open longer.

January 13 7-8 pm
January 15 7-8 pm
January 20 7-8 pm
January 22 7-8 pm
January 27 7-8 pm
January 29 7-8 pm
February 3 7-8 pm
February 5 7-8 pm
February 10 7-8 pm
February 12 7-8 pm
February 24 7-8 pm
February 26 7-8 pm
March 2 7-8 pm
March 4 7-8 pm
March 9 8-9 pm
March 11 8-9 pm
March 16 cancelled
March 18 cancelled
March 23 cancelled
March 25 cancelled
March 30 cancelled
April 1 cancelled