New Telescope installed in the Hoffberger Observatory

Release date: August 14, 2008

In the fall of 2007, the Hoffberger Observatory's 12-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope lost a critical circuit board and could not be repaired.  As part of a broader upgrade plan to the observatory, the Department of Physics and Astronomy took this opportunity to equip the observatory with four new, state-of-the-art telescopes: 3 portable 6-inch NexStar SEs and a permanently-mounted Celestron 14-inch CGE 1400 XLT.  Each is fully computer controlled with a database of over 40,000 deep-sky objects, and with an array of new eyepieces including three amazing 70-degree field-of-view Ultima LX eyepieces, the sky has never looked better from Baltimore! 

This equipment will be available for astronomy labs and also monthly public observing nights, which the department will begin starting Fall 2008. 

To see a photo album of the installation and first-light of the new 14-inch telescope, click here or on the image below.

 
First-light image of Jupiter, taken with a Nikon D-300 digital camera mounted to the back. Its moons Io and Europa are seen to the right.