The observatory, situated on the roof of the Physics building, has excellent views of most of the sky in the northern hemisphere. It is dedicated to the teaching of observational astronomy to undergraduate students. This is part of our MPhys degree scheme in Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology.
The optical system consists of Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with an aperture of 11" (297mm). It has a resolution of 0.41 arcseconds and a limiting visual magnitude of 14.7. The detectors consist of two CCD cameras and a filter wheel suitable for RGB imaging and BVRI photometry. We also have a self-guiding spectrograph for spectroscopic work.