Modesto Junior College Observatory

Quick Information
Location Modesto Junior College - West Campus
Latitude 37.663425
Longitude -121.038322
Construction Completed Fall 2012 (expected)
Primary Telescope 28 inch PlaneWave CDK700
Piggyback Telescope 4 inch Takahashi FSQ-106ED
Camera Apogee Alta U16M
Spectrometer SBIG SGS with High Res Grating
Dome Size 23ft (diameter)
Architect Lionakis
Related Pages
Science Community Center Project Page, MJC Projects Document, Astronomy Program Page

The Modesto Junior College Observatory is a high grade instrument for observing the night sky. It rests in a small tower structure behind the Science Community Center on the West Campus. It was paid for via the measure E bond voted in by citizens of Modesto.

What is an Observatory?

An observatory is a covered instrument shelter, usually hemispherical, protecting a telescope used for observation of celestial events.

Observatory Capabilities

Our observatory will be able to perform visible-light observation of the night sky using a very impressive 28-inch cassegrain telescope (Corrected Dall-Kirkham, CDK). This includes live digital output using our CCD camera, astrophotography also using the CCD camera, spectrography using a spectrometer, and naked eye observation through an eyepiece.