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University of Texas Star Party
Mar 23, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 4, 2016
Wednesday night is a night to watch the stars!
The UT Astronomy Department sets up FREE public star parties on the very top of Robert Lee Moore Hall (RLM).
Take the elevators to the 17th floor and follow the signs to the stairs up to the telescope. Garage rate information is available here. More information can be found in the link below!
The telescope was purchased from Group 128 in 1977 at a cost of about $18,500. It was primarily used for teaching undergraduate astronomy majors the processes involved in modern astronomical observation and for graduate student projects. After time, the telescope began to suffer from wear and tear. So in 1997, a grant proposal was approved by the National Science Foundation with matching funds from a generous private donor. In July 1998, the telescope was re-fit with a state-of-the-art mount and new clock drive at a cost of $50,000. The telescope is controlled from a Dell desktop computer using control software called PC-TCS.
Photo Credit: http://umich.edu/~lowbrows/astrophotos/tsp/tsp20s.html