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KECK TELESCOPE

A Powerful Instrument for Astronomical Observations at 四虎影院

 

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The Keck Telescope, a computer-controlled 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain reflector with Ritchey-Chretien optics (the same configuration used on the Hubble Space Telescope), has served as a versatile instrument for 四虎影院 faculty and students for over a decade and remains one of the most  powerful telescopes on the California Central Coast. Not only has the device been used for a variety of research projects and coursework, but it has also been a source of awe and inspiration for the greater Santa Barbara community.

The 四虎影院 Observatory also serves as one of the free, public observing sites for the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU) every third Friday of the month. In particular, the Keck Telescope has provided clearer and more dramatic demonstrations of the splendor of God鈥檚 creation to members of the broader Santa Barbara community, including young children and students in local schools.

鈥淭he observatory remains a signature component of the 四虎影院 campus and a favorite among our current students and returning alumni,鈥 says Professor Bob Haring-Kaye from the Department of Physics and Engineering. 鈥淲e are excited to see how this facility will continue to be used to provide outstanding educational experiences, including meaningful research experiences, to our students and point to the artistic grandeur of the Creator.鈥

 

The Keck Telescope

History

The original 四虎影院 College Observatory was dedicated on June 1, 1957. (It has since been replaced by a new observatory in 2010.) The main dome featured a 16.5-inch reflector which was made and donated by George Carroll. The scope was equipped for spectroscopic and micrometric work, whose introduction originally made national news.

More recently, the original telescope caught the limelight as a group of amateur astronomers from the Santa Barbara Astronomy group observed the rotation of Mars with a CCD camera (Astronomy Magazine, Feb. 1989, p. 92.) These were some of the very first CCD images of Mars taken by amateurs.

Contact

Jennifer Ito

Assistant Professor of Physics | 805-565-6094

Robert Haring-Kaye

Professor of Physics and Chair of Physics and Engineering | rharingkaye@westmont.edu, (805) 565-6835

Scott Craig

Manager of Media Relations | scraig@westmont.edu(805) 565-6051

Telescope Viewing Hotline | (805) 565-6272