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,