ASGH PUBLIC OBSERVING EVENTS
AT THE VAN VLECK OBSERVATORY
Please keep an eye on the weather.
If it is totally cloudy, raining or otherwise and we have no ability to see the stars, we will not open the telescope.
We will still be on site available to talk visual astronomy and telescope operation.
If you have a telescope where you need additional support, you may bring it even if we cannot observe. Our members can help walk you through setup and operation even indoors.
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IN THE RARE CASE OF CANCELLATION DUE TO SERIOUS WEATHER & ROAD CONDITIONS!!
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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.
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Scheduled Public Observing Next Date
February 25, 2017 8-10 PM - Public Night
January 7, 2017
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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