Astronomical Observatories at MSU

by Dr. James Pierce

Emeritus Professor of Astronomy
Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Minnesota State University, Mankato operates two observatories on the southern edge of the campus:

Standeford Observatory

Standeford Observatory 2009

Standeford Observatory contains a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, used for visual observations by general education students and other observatory visitors. Several other 10- to 13-inch telescopes are also available for instructional use by students in Astronomy 125. Have a closer look.

Andreas Observatory

Andreas Observatory 2006

Andreas Observatory, located 150 yards east of Standeford Observatory, houses a 20-inch computer-controlled Cassegrain telescope. This instrument, which is equipped with CCD cameras for photometry and spectroscopy, is used primarily for advanced instruction and faculty research. Have a closer look.

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Created March 19, 2021; last modified March 20, 2021
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