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Observatory

  • Shielded from the outside world. Away from the bright lights of large cities. Telescopes always ready for viewing adventures. Convenient on-campus location. Olivet’s Observatory awaits you.

  • Our Milky Way galaxy comes closer to you in our Observatory, located on top of Reed Hall of Science with: 

    • 12-inch Newtonian Criterion reflector
    • fleet of telescopes ranging from 3.5-inch Cassegrain Questars to 8-inch Cassegrain Celestron

    Stargazers and researchers agree that there is always a chance for discovery when you use telescopes to explore the universe. View planets, moons and stars, star clusters, comets, novas and supernovas. Use the Observatory’s powerful CCD camera to capture the beauty of the night sky by taking photos through a telescope.

    At Olivet, you can:  

    • Study astronomy as part of the program for the minor in Earth and Space Sciences.
    • Use observatory equipment for preferred observing programs or research (after completing the required astronomy course work and observatory training). 
    • Conduct research projects and summer observing programs in the Observatory.
    • And so much more!

    Although the Observatory is not open to the public, you can arrange private tours with the director of the Planetarium and Observatory.

    The Observatory at Reed Hall of Science is part of the Department of Chemistry and Geoscience within the College of Arts and Sciences. 

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  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the sky through Olivet's Observatory.