University of Alabama Observatory

University of Alabama Observatory
Organization University of Alabama
Location Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Coordinates 33°12′35″N 87°32′38″W / 33.209682°N 87.543886°W / 33.209682; -87.543886Coordinates: 33°12′35″N 87°32′38″W / 33.209682°N 87.543886°W / 33.209682; -87.543886
Established 1950
Website University of Alabama Astronomy Program
Unnamed J.W. Fecker, Inc. 10 in (250 mm) refractor
Unnamed DFM Engineering 16 in (410 mm) Ritchey-Chrétien reflector

The University of Alabama Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The new domed observatory was built atop Gallalee Hall, completed in 1949. It replaced the Old Observatory, which had been in use from 1849 until the 1890s.[1] Initially equipped with a 10-inch (0.25 m) refracting telescope, this was the university's primary telescope from 1950 until 2004. The old telescope was removed and then sold to an antique telescope collector to make way for the new instrument. A new 16-inch (0.41 m) Ritchey-Chrétien reflector, manufactured by DFM Engineering, was installed in 2005.[2][3]

See also


  1. Mellown, Robert Oliver (1988). The University of Alabama: a guide to the campus. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press.
  2. "University of Alabama Observatory - 16" Telescope". Department of Physics and Astronomy. University of Alabama. May 2006. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  3. "See the Stars Through UA's New Telescope". University of Alabama News. University of Alabama: Offive of University Relations. 2005-02-01. Retrieved 2009-12-01.
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