Observatory Equipment

Main telescope: Meade 14-inch LX200GPS-SMT Telescope with UHTC Coatings

CCD Camera: SBIG ST-7XME Deluxe

Spectrograph: SBIG DSS-7 Deep Space Spectrograph

In addition, the Observatory contains: the 1998 Shepherd University Senior Class Memorial Telescope (a Celestron C-8 8-inch reflector capable of solar observing), the Jones Telescope (a Celestron C-8 Deluxe 8-inch reflector capable of solar observing), the Mays Telescope (a Celestron C-11 11-inch reflector on a German equatorial mount), the Stephan Memorial Telescope (a Meade ETX-70 70-millimeter achromatic refractor) and three Edmund Scientific Astroscan Wide Field Telescopes (4 and 1/8-inch reflectors).

The Observatory also contains three additional imaging systems: a Meade LPI camera, a Philips ToUcam Pro II camera with telescope adapter, and a Canon EOS 20D Digital SLR camera.

These specific manuals might be useful for courses using the equipment:
Meade LX200GPS Telescope (PDF)
Celestron Celestar-8 Telescope (PDF)
Celestron CG-11 Telescope (PDF)
Meade ETX-70 Telescope (PDF)
Edmund Scientific Astroscan Telescope (HTML)
SBIG DSS-7 Spectrograph (PDF)
Meade LPI Camera (PDF)

The primary image processing lab for the Observatory is the Astronomy Resources for Innovative Education in the Sciences (A.R.I.E.S.) Lab. This is a dedicated research lab, facilitating original research in topic areas such as cosmology, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, historical astronomy, astronomy education, and virtual reality.