The newest addition to the new Astronomy and Astrophysics program is the 1-meter (1-m) Ritchey-Chrétien reflecting telescope. The new telescope, housed in the new College of Arts & Sciences building, is the largest university-based research telescope in Florida, weighing in at around 2 tons.
The Ritchey-Chrétien telescope (RC) is a type of reflecting telescope that delivers a large-diameter, well-corrected field of view via hyperbolic primary and secondary mirrors and field-flattening lens system. Computer-controlled, this telescope uses new, high-efficiency detectors to gather millions times more light than can be seen by the human eye.
This telescope allows for students and faculty to research diverse possible topics, such as the study of potentially hazardous, nearby asteroids and comets; the ages and evolution of stars; the large-scale structure of galaxies; unusual compact objects such as pulsars, quasars and magnetars; and planets outside our solar system.
This new telescope is housed in a new Observatory in the COAS building, along with a solar telescope and six smaller portable telescopes mounted on a terrace outside the observatory dome.