About

Welcome to the Montgomery College Astronomical Observatory!

Thank you for visiting.

The observatory is located on the roof of the new Rockville Science Center. It is home to two 14-inch Celestron (CGE PRO 1400 HD) telescopes inside a rolling roof structure as well as piers for three 8-inch Celestron (CPC 800 GPS) telescopes surrounding the observatory. The roof-top area also has lots of open space for the set up of portable telescopes and tripod mounted binoculars.

Additional instrumentation includes CCD cameras, photometry equipment, spectrometer, and filters for solar observing (white light and H-alpha). The observatory also has specialized scopes for solar observing, including a Coronado SolarMax 90 and Coronado PST.

The observatory is used as part of the astronomy course curriculum, student research, as well as education and public outreach projects.

Observatory Mission Statement

To inform and inspire the public and college community about the foundations and frontiers of modern astronomy. To spark and sustain public interest in astronomy and science. To enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and encourage the next generation of STEM students. To provide educational opportunities and resources for the public, college community, educators, and students of all ages.

In order to accomplish this mission, The Montgomery College Observatory will provide innovative engaging educational experiences including:

  • Public astronomical viewing with our campus observatory
  • Classes and workshops for the college and local community
  • Observatory tours, displays, and presentations

Contact

For observatory inquiries, contact Professor Carrie Fitzgerald:

Department of Engineering, Geosciences, and Computer Sciences
Montgomery College
51 Mannakee St. Room SC 436L
Rockville, MD 20850
240.567.5415
carrie.fitzgerald@montgomerycollege.edu