Creekside Observatory

The Creekside Observatory behind the Lehman Engineering and Technology Center is used to support courses in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Planetary Science, as well as senior student research projects and public viewing nights. Built in 2004, the Observatory houses a 20-inch Corrected Dall-Kirkham reflecting telescope made by PlaneWave Instruments.


About the Telescope

  • With its 20-inch diameter primary mirror, the telescope collects roughly 5,000 times more light than the average human eye. A collection of eyepieces allows the observer to choose different magnifications and corresponding fields of view suitable for the objects of interest.
  • Equipped with scientific-grade imaging CCD cameras, the telescope can stare at a spot on the sky and expose for up to an hour, further increasing its sensitivity by hundreds of times.
  • With the Observatory’s largest imaging CCD camera, it is possible to image the full moon in a single exposure.
  • The telescope is balanced on a German equatorial Paramount ME mount, and it is pointed using a computer running TheSky6 software.

Lab Information

Location: Behind Lehman Engineering and Technology Center

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email