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TAMUC Observatory

The Texas A&M-Commerce Observatory houses the university’s observing and research grade telescopes. The observatory’s telescope can all be used simultaneously for both research and public viewing. The observatory is open the public during scheduled Open House events.

The latest addition to our collection is a Planewave CDK 700 27-inch telescope. Images are captured by an Andor Ikon-L CCD. The telescope is housed inside of a clamshell, AstroHaven dome. This telescope is located next to the original research telescope a Meade 16-inch LX200 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with an attached 5-inch Televue refractor.

Each telescope uses special CCD cameras to image fain astronomical objects. The cameras pick up details that the eye is unable to detect. The cameras can also collect data for long periods of time while tracking the motion of the stars in order to capture the faintest details possible.

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Observatory Open House

The next OPEN HOUSE at the Observatory will be announced here as soon as we are able to plan and schedule an event.

Open Houses are free for all who wish to attend for an evening of star gazing. Several 10-inch telescopes will be available for public use along with university staff to help guide and answer questions. Observing nights are weather dependent and may be cancelled on short notice. In case of poor weather conditions, please visit this website or Facebook page to check for cancellations. Please be aware that there is no water and no facilities at the observatory.

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Observatory Directions

Directions are available at this link: Observatory Directions

Parking is limited so please be aware of vehicles coming and going as we have excited little visitors.

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Location

The observatory is located approximately 5 miles south of Commerce.

Directions: Traveling south of Commerce on highway 50, turn east on county road 4208. Travel on this road for approximately half a mile and on your left will be the entrance to the observatory.

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