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TAMUC Observatory

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Observatory houses the university’s observing and research grade telescopes. The observatory’s telescopes can be used for both research and public viewing. The observatory is open to the public only during scheduled Open House events (see below).

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

Each telescope uses special CCD cameras to image faint 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 detail.

Observatory Telescope
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TAMUC Observatory Weather

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Observatory Open House

The Planetarium will be hosting an Open House at the Observatory on Tuesday, February (2/25/20), starting at 7:00 pm. Telescopes will be set up to view the stars, Venus, and deep-sky objects.

Admission for the Open House is free and a family-friendly event. Remember that it cools quickly after the Sun sets so dress accordingly; layers recommended.

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 canceled 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. The drive into the parking area is narrow and does not have room for passing vehicles, it is a one way drive. Please do not park on the drive beyond the gate before the parking lot. Additional parking is available on the paved county road 4208 or in the parking area at the Observatory only.

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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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