The Meade 16″ Schmidt-Cassegrain reflecting telescope is owned by Wesleyan University and permanently mounted inside the smaller dome on top of the observatory building. It is computer-controlled for pointing and tracking, and is accessible via a spiral staircase leading to the dome entrance.

The 16″ may be open if there is sufficient staff present and if the number of visitors require it’s operation. It’s also an excellent backup scope for the 20″ if any difficulties arise.