Physics Department Observatory Telescope

University of Guelph
MacNaughton Building
7th Floor (rooftop)

Guelph ON

The physics department is happy to offer tours for interested members of the community during the spring, summer and fall months. Objects you can expect to see, depending on the time of year, include the moon, planets like Venus, Jupiter (and its moons) and Saturn (its rings and its moons) in addition to Messier objects and common stars. If you are interested in a tour of the observatory - which includes a brief astronomy lecture prior to heading up to the observatory - or have any questions, please contact observat@uoguelph.ca . A tour guide would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Main Telescope:
14" diameter, Schmidt-Cassegrain, Celestron C-14.
Group Accommodation:
1-8 people, children accompanied by an adult. Up to 20 people can be accommodated upon request.
Approximately 2-3 hours.
Start time:
Varies depending on target objects, typically 30-60 minutes after dusk.
Adapter for photography with Canon SLR cameras. Long-exposure pictures allow for observing objects too faint to see with just your eye and the telescope.
Clear nights are best for viewing. The observatory is not heated so outdoor-appropriate attire is required.
$50 payable by cash or cheque.