The Paul Morgan Observatory (PMO) is designed to provide onsite and online viewings of the sun and night sky. The GS107 2017 class lab exercises will include use of the observatory during the summer of 2017. The observatory will also serve to provide outreach to schools via the Internet and onsite tours starting spring 2017. PM observatory will provide very limited services this fall and winter until it becomes fully operational late in spring 2017.
Photograph above: Frost Super Moon November 13,2016 at 5:05 p.m. from PMO
Observatory Announcements and Events
Thanks to the many generous donors that made the construction of the PM Observatory at U. C. C. possible: Special thanks to the following PMO Donors:
Alice Lackey , Andrew Crocker , Anne T. Tunzi ,Bean Electric, Brian Pargeter, Costco, Dale Ritter, Douglas Electri Cooperative, Eugene Astronomical Soc., Fred Meyers, Gary Leis, Gerretsen Building Supply, Gordon Rutter, Harold Brown, James Verbermoes, Jerry Wingler, Jon and Jean Burpee, John Collins, John Hooper Good Vibrations, Knive River Co., Larry Spielbusch, Linda Freeman, Marie Rasmussen, Marjorie Brushe, Mike Hoffman, Paul Utz, Peter Pollaczek, R.E. Noah, Rick and Jackie Sohn, Robert Johnson, Rodger Dejmal, Scott Harvey, Specialty Ventures, The Steel Outlet, Tech Built Trusses, Ted Benice, The Oregon Community Foundation, Valerie Miltko, Umpqua Astronomers, Umpqua Community College Foundation,U.C. C. IT department, U.C.C Science Department, U.C.C. Facilities Dept., Umpqua Sand and Gravel, Wendy McWhirt, Wolf Creek Job Corps,
Connect to our live stream! (Coming Soon- 2017)
GS107, Beginning Astronomy, is offered each summer term. This 4 credit astronomy class is taught online with Canvas and can fulfill science elective credits for many different certificates, programs and degrees. Students are encouraged to come to the observatory for weekly observing and imaging sessions either onsite or online. Students get a guided tour of the night sky and observe planets, the moon, the sun, stars, star clusters, nebula and galaxies. All observing is in a group setting on site or online using the observatory's digital cameras to gather target object images in real-time.
During the initial configuration and testing period this fall, on site public or school visits to the observatory will be limited. Expanded opportunities for more regular public observing sessions will commence in late spring 2017. Daytime observing of the sun using white light filters or a special Hydrogen Alpha refracting telescope will be available for on site or on line visits.
The observatory is located near the Tower Building at UCC. Limited parking is available around the Tower Building. However, there is more parking down the hill from the observatory in front of the Technology Center. For more information, see map. The observatory is handicap accessible and is designed for wheelchair viewing of the TV monitors. Images are seen in real-time in color on large screen TV monitors allowing for group presentations. Simultaneously, the presentations with images can be broadcast online.
Paul Morgan - Contact
Adjunct Professor, Science- Astronomy