Southwestern’s large research-quality reflecting telescope was donated to the Physics Department by Max Allen, a local engineer and builder who was also an amateur astronomer. This Meade LX-200 with Schmidt-Cassegrain* optics and a 16” primary mirror has a digital CCD camera for taking digital images that can be viewed and processed on a computer. This instrument is used by faculty and students for research, and programs of general interest to the public are conducted each month during the academic year.
Nov 9, 2013 Public Night Cancellation Notice
Southwestern University will be hosting the SCAC Conference Tournament for soccer the weekend of November 8 - 10. Due to the field lights and the need to illuminate the parking lot adjacent to the observatory the planned Nov 9, 2013 Public Night is cancelled. Please consider changing your plans and going to see SU compete in some great soccer matches instead! Regular SU Fountainwood Observatory public nights will begin again in early 2014. In the mean time- Go SU Pirates!
2011 Best of Austin Award
The Austin Chronicle gave the Fountainwood Observatory a 2011 Best of Austin Award. Read what they said about the observatory’s public viewing nights here.