Used for Astronomy classes and a wide variety of short-term and long-term undergraduate student/faculty projects in Optical and Radio Astronomy.  Typically 6-10 student projects in progress at any given time.  Also used for public outreach in Astronomy, either on-site or via video streaming to the Planetarium.


Optical Observatory

  • 0.4-m Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope
  • 0.5-m Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope
  • Several 8-inch Dobsonian telescopes for first-year astronomy lab and outreach
  • 5-inch wide-field imaging telescope
  • Several high-precision CCD cameras
  • Fiber-fed echelle spectrograph
  • Portable telescopes for visual viewing
  • Low-light video camera system (a node of the Lowell Observatory Cameras for Meteor Surveillance)
  • 11-inch astrophotography telescope with color video imager

Radio Observatory

  • Three-node Dipole Array Telescope (DART)
  • 15-meter HERA test dish
  • 4-meter dish
  • Quad-Yagi steerable hydrogen antenna
  • 5-element meteor scatter antenna
  • Various wire antennas
  • Many high-sensitivity radio receivers
  • Small electronics workshop

Lab Information

Location: R2 and surrounding area

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 928-777-6600 or 800-888-3728, or email

Lab Director: Dr. Noel Richardson

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