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2013 Observatory Developments in Florida
AUGUST 27, 2013 FIU OBSERVATORY STORY
Astronomy professor brings first “real” observatory to FIU
AUGUST 29, 2013 FIU OBSERVATORY STORY
Astroscience center to attract more than astronomy students
Watch during 2013 for a new observatory completion and installation of a 1 meter Ritchey-Chrétien telescope at Embry Riddle Observatory; right now they already have a 20-inch reflector Dall-Kirkham telescope by Planewave Instruments, three 12-inch reflectors, a 4-inch refractor, and a pair of giant binoculars.
The Stocker AstroScience Center at FIU is completing their observatory, where a new 24" telescope will be housed.
Dave Hearn has just completed his Kissimmee Park Observatory, Kissimmee, and here's the Facebook link, I believe he's using a 17.5", contact Dave Hearn for group or private visits.
OBSERVATORIES (many have public viewing nights, check their websites for details)
Belen Observatory at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami
Brevard Community College Observatory (24"), Cocoa, FL
Crosby Observatory at Orlando Science Center - 10" Refractor - admission fee to Science Center.
Daytona Beach Small Radio Telescope
Egan Observatory at Florida Gulf Coast University - 16" Ritchey-Chrétien telescope and 5 smaller computer guided go-to telescopes.
Here's a google maps satellite view of the observatory dome, and here's a link with more info about the observatory. Public access through Southwest Florida Astronomical Society.
Embry Riddle Creekside Observatory - Their open house events are on selected Friday nights, from 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm, between September and April. Check this link for their Open House page. They have a 20-inch reflector Dall-Kirkham telescope by Planewave Instruments , three 12-inch reflectors, a 4-inch refractor, and a pair of giant binoculars. WATCH IN 2013 as they are completing the construction of a new observatory to house their new 1 meter Ritchey-Chrétien telescope!
Farrout Observatory, Dade City, FL ("Where Tampa's Astronomers Cluster")
Florida Atlantic Observatory, (14" Celestron Edge HD SCT on a Losmandy Titan 50, and Daystar filter for live Sun Prominences), Boca Raton
Fox Observatory (16"), Sunrise, FL
Kissimmee Park Observatory, Kissimmee, and Facebook link, I believe he's using a 17.5", contact Dave Hearn for group or private visits.
Nicholas Copernicus Observatory at University of Miami
Ortega .8 meter (32") telescope at FIT, Melbourne, FL
Robinson Observatory at UCF (20"), Orlando, FL - 20" Richey Chretien telescope and a bunch of 8" Meade Schmidt Cassegrains,
here's The Robinson Observatory website, and their Open House Schedule
Rosemary Hill Observatory (30"), Bronson FL
South Florida Science Museum (14"), West Palm Beach FL (open last Friday of each month to public with admission fee.)
***UNDER CONSTRUCTION*** Stocker AstroScience Center at FIU, Miami - Under construction, 24" telescope from ACE ordered.
Star Fields Observatory (private), Chiefland
Univ. of Florida Campus Teaching Observatory ( "), Gainsville FL - Clark 8-inch Refractor by Alvan Clark & Sons - 203 mm / 2920 mm = f/14
12.5-inch Cassegrain Reflector by Army Map Service - 318 mm / 5220 mm = f/16 with a photoelectric photometer; small auxiliary telescope for imaging Moon with CCD.
12-inch Schmidt- Cassegrain by Meade Instruments - 305 mm / 3048 mm = f/10, on movable tripod; computer controlled.
8 inch Schmidt- Cassegrain by Meade Instruments - 200 mm / 2000 mm = f/10
Six telescopes that can be mounted on permanent piers outside the observatory building.
5-inch Schmidt- Cassegrain by Celestron International - 127 mm / 1200 mm = f/10
University of Florida Radio Jove Observatory
Bishop Planetarium - Bradenton
Brevard Community College Planetarium - Cocoa
Broward College Buehler Planetarium - Davie
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium - Fort Myers
Florida Southern College Miller Planetarium - Lakeland
Florida State University Pat Thomas Planetarium - Tallahassee
Indian River State College Halstrom Planetarium - Fort Pierce
Miami Science Museum Space Transit Planetarium (watch for their new museum and planetarium opening 2015!)
Santa Fe College Kika Silva Pla Planetarium - Gainesville
Seminole State College Planetarium - Sanford
South Florida Science Museum's Dekelboum Planetarium (formerly known as the Buzz Aldrin Planetarium) - West Palm Beach
St. Petersburg College Planetarium
Tampa Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) The Saunders Planetarium
University Astronomy Programs
Florida Institute of Technology Astronomy and Astrophysics Group
Florida Atlantic Dept. of Physics
FIU Dept. of Physics (Astronomy) and Dr. James R. Webb's page
University of Central Florida Physics
University of Florida Dept. of Astronomy
Above you can get a sense of how high up the new 1 meter telescope will be at Embry Riddell in Daytona, Florida (my estimate being around ~6 stories.) Photo by me on 7 July, 2013.
Notice how the giant telescope pier directly under the dome angles off at the last level of the new Embry Riddell Observatory..
They are installing the windows to the left as of 7 July 2013.
This is the amazing massive pier to isolate the new 1 meter telescope from the building being constructed around it.