Located at an elevation of over 2,000 feet on the flanks of Brasstown Bald, the tallest peak in Georgia, the college's observatory features a Schmidt Cassegrain telescope housed in a 15-foot dome just a few minutes drive from campus. The observatory benefits from its high elevation and access to the wonderfully dark skies of northern Georgia. In addition to the main scope, the facility also contains outdoor telescope piers which can mount a number of other telescopes as well.
The observatory is open to the public at 9 p.m. on the same Friday evenings the planetarium is open, if skies are clear. Observing sessions last up to one hour.
CCD CAMERA IMAGES
The telescope can also be equipped with a CCD camera to take digital images. Below are two examples of pictures shot from the observatory using the main telescope coupled with a CCD camera. The first picture is M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy; the second one is the Moon.