Arkansas Tech University Astronomical Observatory
Russellville, AR 72811
The Celestial Observatory features a 16-inch reflecting telescope donated to Arkansas Tech University by Tech alumni Dr. James Clarke of Mountain Home, Arkansas. It can be utilized in an f/16 Cassegrain or f/4 Newtonian configuration. The observatory also has two SBIG ST-6 CCD detectors used with a compliment of UBVRI-standard and RGB-tricolor filters for astronomical imaging. An SBIG ST-5 CCD is used for autoguiding. The observatory building which includes an ASH Dome which was completed in 1994 and is located adjacent to McEver Hall on the ATU campus.
A Meade 12-inch LX200 has also been acquired for use in laboratory instruction and automation testing. The observatory also has a 4-inch refractor, a 6-inch reflector and three 8-inch celestrons which are also used for student instruction and supplement the main telescope during public observing nights at the ATU campus.