Hicks Observatory

Newly installed in the Hicks Observatory for the start of the 2009 academic year, is a 0.40m (16") Meade LX200-ACF Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This telescope is used for undergraduate observations of relatively bright astronomical phenomena (for example images of the Moon, Planets, Open Clusters and bright variable stars). Due to the advancement of CCD camera sensitivity, excellent results can be obtained from the Observatory even though it is located close to Sheffield City Centre.

Originally located within the University's Goodwin Sports facility and previously containing an AE 0.35m (14") Newtonian reflecting telescope, the Hicks Observatory was moved to it's present location in 1995 to provide quick and easy access for astronomy undergraduates.


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