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May 14, 2016

The Observatory will be participating in Astronomy Day in conjunction with the Club des Astronomes Amateurs de Sherbrooke. The Observatory will hold an Open House starting from 1:30 PM to 10:30 PM on Saturday May 14.

students in the observatory

We will have displays and will be observing the Sun during the day if it is not cloudy. We will be also observing with the 17" Planewave telescope and several smaller telescopes on the deck in the evening if the skies are clear. The poster for the event is shown below.

sciod poster

April 30, 2014

The Observatory is extremely pleased to announce that it has purchased a Shelyak LHiRes III spectrograph. The new instrument has a resolving power of nearly R=18000. This allows us to measure spectral lines to a precision of better than 0.05 nanometres. We will be able to measure the radial velocities (using Doppler shifts) of binary stars, cosmic distances (using redshifts), and infer the abundance of trace elements in stars!

shelyak spectograph

May 10, 2013

Bishop's University is extremely pleased to announce the inauguration of our new 0.45 metre telescope as the Scott Griffin Telescope. Scott Griffin is the outgoing Chancellor of Bishop's University who has been a major benefactor and supporter of the Observatory during his tenure. His generosity, leadership, and support of many initiatives at Bishop's University will benefit generations of students and faculty alike.

Scott Griffin

November 16, 2011

Bishop's University is excited to announce that it has installed a new 17" (0.45 metre) PlaneWave CDK telescope with a German equatorial mount in the observatory. A new PierTech pier was also installed.

Planewave telescope

July 16, 2010

Bishop's University has officially awarded the Hugh Haugland Prize for Astronomy. Hugh was a long-time CTV cameraman and amateur astronomer who died tragically while working last August. Andres Zambrano is the first recipient of this new prize. Coverage of the award ceremony, which aired on the CTV national network, can be found on the CTV website

October 23, 2009

The Observatory has a great new deck. Check it out in the following press release.

December 22, 2006

FIRST LIGHT!!! The first colour imageswere taken recently at the observatory and can be found in the Image Galleries.

October 14, 2006

The Grand Opening of the observatory is on October 28th!

August 28, 2006

Check out the observatory's press release of January 2006!