The Brooks Observatory-Renovations Begin May 2015!
During Renovations Brooks Observatory will be closed to the public.
The Brooks Observatory at the University of Toledo will be closed effective April
25, 2015 for approximately four months for renovations. The venerable six-inch Brashear
refracting telescope will be placed in storage and replaced by a new Celestron 14
Edge HD. In order to accommodate this new instrument, the observatory building on
top of McMaster Hall will have to be significantly modified. Funding for this project
includes support from the College of Natural Science and Mathematics as well as an
endowment establish by the late Helen and Elgin Brooks.
The new facility will be a state of the art instructional observatory that will continue
the mission of undergraduate education and public outreach. New undergraduate laboratory
exercises will be developed, and more public observing opportunities will be scheduled
once work is completed.
During the renovations, the Ritter Observatory will be open to the public on the first
Friday night of each month immediately after the 8:30 PM planetarium program.
The Ritter Observatory
Ritter Observatory was built in 1967 and houses a 1-meter Ritchey-Chretien reflecting telescope. It
is the largest optical telescope in Ohio East of the Mississippi. Instrumentation
including a low/moderate resolution spectrograph, a high-resolution echelle spectrograph,
and two CCD cameras are used in conjunction with the telescope.
The observatory is used mainly by department faculty, graduate and undergraduate students
for research, however, on the first Friday of every month, after the evening planetarium
program, the telescope is open to the public and is available for viewing the sky,