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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20-inch Clark restoration project
To donate, send a check made out to Wesleyan University to: Linda Shettleworth, Astronomy Department, Wesleyan University, 96 Foss Hill Drive, Middletown, CT 06459
Important: On the check please indicate "For the Use of the Astronomy Department"
All donations are tax deductible and you will receive an acknowledgment and receipt valid for a tax exemption. We will also soon have a Web site dedicated to the restoration and Centennial celebration. We will be scheduling events for the Spring of 2016 in connection with the Observatory Centennial. Donors to the project will be invited to an event in their honor and also publicly acknowledged on a Web site. If anyone wishes to remain anonymous we will, of course, respect that.
Click Here for Before and After Images of Restoration Project
Note the start time change to 8 pm in November.
8 pm to 10 pm except where noted
January 24, 2015
February 21, 2015 (Van Vleck Crater night – start at 7 PM)
Time Schedule Begins
April 25, 2015
May 23 and 24,
June 20, 2015
July 18, 2015 (possible Van Vleck crater night)
August 8, 2015
September 19, 2015
October 17, 2015
Change to EST 8 pm to 10 pm
November 6 and 7,
December 5, 2015
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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