ONU Astronomy Observatory
Mission and Background
The ONU Observatory has a mission
to educate and inspire the
students of Ohio Northern University, as well as the surrounding
community, about the exciting and rapidly evolving science of
Planning of the ONU Observatory began around
2003, while its construction occurred between March and
2010. The observatory
is primarily used by ONU students in physics and astronomy
classes, faculty, and by the ONU Astronomy Club.
However, it is also opened up for
public events on a semi-regular basis.
The ONU Observatory is located on the
Northwest side of campus (see maps). Parking is located in the
Wander Baseball Field lot just off of Lincoln Avenue.
ONU campus map (N is right).
Interactive Ada map (N is up).
Visiting the Observatory
- Before coming to the observatory, check for
- The observatory is wheelchair accessible. We also attach video
cameras to some telescopes to allow viewing on our wall-hanging TVs.
- There are heated restrooms at the back of the observatory.
- Follow good astro-etiquette:
- don't shine lights in other's eyes or use flash photography
- try not to push the telescopes
- try not to touch the lenses of the telescopes or eyepieces
- ask questions of the observatory helpers, who should be wearing glow lights
- You can arrive any time during the scheduled event; there is
usually no advantage to being early. (Sometimes there are short
presentations but they occur in the middle of the event.)
- The observing room gets cold in the winter, so dress warmly!
- The observatory has a heated control room (cool in summer) in case
you get cold (or hot).
- We have an iPhone adapter for taking pictures through the telescopes.
We can help you take pictures, depending on how busy.
- You can donate to ONU
here , or look for a donations jar at the observatory
to specifically help the ONU Astronomy Club.
Contact Observatory Manager|
Jason Pinkney (Professor of Physics and Astronomy)
Office: 419-772-2740 (Science Annex 111)
Science Annex 111
to ONU Physics