Fan Mountain Observatory
The University of Virginia operates the Fan Mountain Observatory, about 15 miles south of Charlottesville. The Observatory was established in the mid-1960's as a new, dark site away from the light pollution produced by the growth of the Charlottesville area. The Observatory was used extensively for research up until the late-1980's. In recent years, extensive hardware upgrades and instrumentation efforts have transformed the observatory into a more modern research facility currently capable of optical and infrared imaging and spectroscopy.
More detailed information about the telescope and available instrumentation can be found by following the links below.
Norfolk State University. It will be used to carry out followup photometry and polarimetry of the optical afterglows of Gamma-ray Bursts as well as the study of other astronomical transient phenomena, including compact stars, near-earth objects (NEOs), Blazars and searches for supernovae and exo-planets.
Instrument Capabilities (PDF)
- Telescope Instrumentation and Capabilities
- Future Instrumentation Development
- Current weather conditions (external link, with temperature from 40-inch) or readings from monitors in domes on Fan Mountain
- Observatory manual (local access only)