ASGH PUBLIC OBSERVING EVENTS
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Please use your best judgement - if it is cloudy or raining we cannot open the telescope.
We will be available to work with you on how to setup your telescope or to just talk astronomy and observing.
Van 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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Scheduled Public Observing Next Date
The Symposium is to be held on June 16, 2016 , 100 years to the day of the original dedication of Van Vleck Observatory. The registration fee is $50 and includes lunch, a reception at Van Vleck Observatory, dinner and evening observing with the restored 20-inch Clark refractor, weather permitting. In addition to the talks and panels there will be a brief re-dedication ceremony, period music, costumed visitors from the past, a celebratory "special brew", and other delights. Don't miss it! The format of the sessions is also intentionally open and we will welcome contributions and reminiscences from all who attend.
The Centennial Web site provides additional details about the program and other events connected with the Centennial. A block of rooms is being held at the Inn at Middletown but space is limited, so book early. Call the hotel directly at (860) 854-6300 and mention the Van Vleck Observatory Centennial Symposium to get the group rate.
For 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.
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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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