- 1 Saxon Dr, Alfred, NY, 14802
Astronomy at Alfred University has a long history, dating back to the Civil War when the University purchased its first telescope, a 9-inch refractor made by Henry Fitz. Since the mid-1960s, first under the guidance of Dr. John Stull, professor emeritus of physics, and now under Dr. David Toot, the observatory has grown to such a size and stature that it is considered one of the finest teaching observatories in the United States.
About this Facility
In addition to the original 9-inch, f/13 refractor, the Stull Observatory now has a 6-inch heliostat, one 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector for H-alpha solar observations and another for general use, a DFM 16-inch, f/8 RC-Cassegrain (computer-controlled), a 20-inch, f/5.5 manual newtonian, a 24-inch, f 6.5 computer-controlled Planewave CDK reflector, and a 32-inch, automatic f/4.5 newtonian. We have a number of CCD and CMOS cameras.
All the telescopes are capable of accepting imaging CCDs and CMOS cameras and are used for general imaging and time-series photometry of asteroids, variable stars, transiting exoplanets and more.
The Stull Observatory is open to the public on clear Friday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. in September, October, November, February, March and April. In May, June and July, it is open on Thursday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight.