PUBLIC OBSERVING EVENTS
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Vleck Observatory, Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT
Hosted by volunteers from the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford
Sponsored by the Astronomy Department, Wesleyan University
Join us for a look through the 20"-inch telescope. All who come will have an opportunity to see through the eyepiece, weather permitting.
We will be viewing prominent objects in the night sky such as the moon, globular clusters, planets, nebula or galaxies. The objects viewed will change each month, or even during your visit.
Please note that should the weather not permit observing (due to clouds, high wind, or threat of precipitation) the sessions will be cancelled. Cancellation notices will be posted on this web site by 6pm the day of the observing event. Please be sure to press the "refresh" button on your browser to make sure you are viewing the most up-to-date version of the page.
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Public Observing Next Date
We are back to the 20" this session.
If not, observing will be done with the 16" Meade Schmidt Cassegrain telescope pictured below.
This is the narrow, metal
staircase that is used to
Note the start time change to 8 pm in November.
January 12, 2013 - Public Event
2013 - Public Event
16, 2013 - Public Event
13, 2013 - Public Event
April ViewingSpecial Time 8:00 - 9:30 pm for the Van Vleck Crater!
May 11, 2013 - Public Event
May 24 & 25 - Wesleyan Commencement/Reunion
June 1, 2013 - StarConn
June 15, 2013 - Public Event
July 6, 2013 - Public Event
August 3, 2013 - Public Event
September 14, 2013 - Public Event
October 12, 2013 - Public
November 9, 2013 - Public Event
December 7, 2013 - Public Event
January 4, 2014 - Public Event
February 1, 2014 - Public Event
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parking please note that we are NOT permitted
to park at the observatory building on observatory hill. Please use Lot
V on Vine Street and walk up the hill to the observatory.
Click here for a campus map
John A. Sillasen Chairman, 20" committee - email to
Dedicated in 1916 this telescope was not installed until 1922. The Alvan Clark company received the glass from a German manufacturer later than expected due to the war. The telescope has a focal length of 27' 6". The initial research program pursued on the 20" refractor, by then-observatory director, Frederick Slocum, was "the determination of the distances to the stars." The Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford provides programs in public viewing as well as aiding the astronomy department for other public events.
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