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The New Teaching and Public Access Observatory at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean

  • Graeme L. White (a1), Paul A. Jones (a1), Alex Hons (a1), Ron Edgar (a2), Mark Suchting (a3) and Chris Burdett (a3)...


A grant from the Department of Employment, Education and Training and matching funding from the University of Western Sydney, Nepean, has allowed the construction of a teaching and public access observatory on the University’s Werrington North campus. The observatory consists of a lecture theatre for about 50 students, an office for administration and project/souvenir sales, and an enclosed office for research activities. The 6·5 m dome will house a fork-mounted 0·6 m (24 inch) Ritchey-Chrétien telescope working at f/10. There will also be two outside observation areas for tripod-mounted telescopes. The expected completion date for the entire project is mid-1994.



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