George Abell Observatory
Department of Physical Sciences
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University's George Abell Observatory houses a Meade LX200 16-inch
instrument known as the Alan Cooper Telescope. The Observatory facility is part of the Department of Physical Sciences and operated jointly by members of that department and members
of the Open University Astronomy Club.
The Astronomy Club
welcomes new members (see their section of this
website) who may then participate in observing sessions at the
Observatory. The Observatory is also used to train postgraduate
students in observing techniques.
The equipment for
the Observatory has been funded by a variety of grants from the Open University Capital Equipment Fund, the Open University General Purposes Fund, the Open University Club, the SXR208 Course Team, the Physics Innovations Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and SEPnet outreach.
A Risk Assessment for visitors to the Observatory may be found here.
Prof. Andrew Norton & Dr. Johanna Jarvis
Directors, George Abell