The Montgomery College Astronomical Observatory is located on the roof of the new Rockville Science Center. It is home to two 14-inch Celestron (CGE PRO 1400 HD) telescopes inside a rolling roof structure as well as piers for three 8-inch Celestron (CPC 800 GPS) telescopes surrounding the observatory. The roof-top deck includes open space for the setup of portable telescopes and tripod mounted binoculars.
Additional instrumentation includes CCD cameras, photometry equipment, spectrometer, filters for solar observing (white light and H-alpha), and specialized scopes for solar observing, including a Coronado SolarMax 90 and Coronado PST.
The observatory is used as part of the astronomy course curriculum, student research, as well as education and public outreach projects.
Additional information about the observatory and our public events can be found here: www.mcobservatory.blogspot.com.
Our observatory has been ranked among The 35 Best College Observatories.