Stephens Observatory

The Stephens observatory, located on the roof of Carnegie, houses a 12-inch Newtonian reflecting telescope, built by Roscoe G. Stephens of Kennebunk, Maine, and donated to the college in 1929. The instrument has excellent optical quality. The observatory dome is electrically driven, and the telescope itself has a new tracking system designed and built by a senior thesis student.

There are also several portable telescopes available for student use, including an eight-inch Celestron, a six-inch Meade starfinder, and a Coronado Solarmax II 60. In addition, the astronomy lab provides eight three-inch reflecting scopes with accessory photometers. For more information about the telescopes, please contact Nicole Hastings (nhasting@bates.edu).