Welcome to the Virtual Tour
of the University of
Chamberlin Observatory (c)
Obs. Park, 2930 E. Warren Ave.,
Denver SE, Colorado
Latest GPS: W104d 57'10.8", N39d
40'33.8", elev. 5417 ft., obscode 708.
The south elevation
of the University of Denver's historic Chamberlin Observatory, as
seen from approximately 60 feet from the main door. Note the
Richardson Romanesque style of this 1890 construction, featuring a 26
foot length, 20-inch aperture, f/15 Alvan Clark-George Saegmuller
the 2014-2015 fundraising effort:
fund for Chamberlin Observatory permanent staffing
the moon and planets, most TUES and THURS evenings, 7:30pm MST/winter;
...if/when clear: PUBLIC_NIGHT_RESERVATIONS
First Quarter Moon SATURDAYS, Dusk - 10:30pm, including:
Jun.7, Jul.19*Aug.2, Sep.27, Nov.1st & Dec.27.
= 120th anniversary of 'first light'
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forthcoming events in the Sky
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GUIDEBOOK - Denver's
Great Telescope -
Optics and mechanical
refurbishments completed 2010, 2011 with help and support from
Chris Ray and Fred
The Observatory is located in
Observatory Park in SE Denver, at 2930 East Warren Avenue. Major
intersections nearby include So. University (exit 205 south I-25) and
E. Evans Avenues. Call 303-871-5172 for pre-recorded information.
~ Quarter moon Saturday evening Open Houses ~
( 7-10pm, weather permitting):
First quarter moon Saturdays
~10pm, weather permitting.
Phone 303-871-5172 for details.
Our once-a-month first quarter moon
Saturday evening Open House events, weather permitting runs from ~7pm
til ~10pm, weather permitting. Observing with the large telescope is
$1 per person to help offset cost of maintenance, and the astronomy
club brings numerous portable telescopes which are set up in the
park, with free for all viewing. This provides the public great sky
access and a chance to talk with owners of equipment about what
advantages and disadvantages there are to different types of small
telescopes. The Observatory is located in Observatory Park in SE
Denver, at 2930 East Warren Avenue. Major intersections nearby
include So. University (exit 205 south I-25) and E. Evans Avenues.
Chamberlin Observatory, completed in
1894 is unique among Denver landmarks. DU's first astronomy
professor, Professor Herbert Howe, designed it after Carleton College
Goodsell Observatory in Northfield Minnesota. The original
construction drawings by noted Denver architect, Robert Roeschlaub,
are held in the University archives collection, Penrose Library on
the DU campus.
The dome houses a 20 inch aperture
Clark-Saegmuller refractor, which saw first light in July 1894, and
is still "functional". Regular classes and public viewing
still occur. The original description of Chamberlin Observatory and
its large refractor appear in an article by Prof. Herbert A. Howe
that appears in the 1894 Astronomy & Astrophysics (a precursor to
the Astrophysical Journal), volume 8, page 709ff. Limited
edition histories of the observatory are available [click here].
We honor the past and strive to create hope for the future with every
student that peers through the telescope's eyepiece.
at the University of Denver has remained continuously active since
1880, in the pursuit of research, teaching and community outreach.
Please visit our HOME PAGES
for more information, or EMAIL: rstencel @ du.edu -- Prof. Stencel,
Director, University of Denver Observatories.
EVENTS in the Sky
definitive history is now available in print!
(1953) Chamberlin Memoirs Available Now
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Astronomy at the University of
Denver has remained continuously active since 1880, in the pursuit of
research, teaching and community outreach.
Please visit our HOME
PAGES for more information, or EMAIL: rstencel @ du.edu -- Prof.
Stencel, Director, University of Denver Observatories.
original description of Chamberlin Observatory and its large
refractor appear in an article by Prof. Herbert A. Howe that appears
in the 1894 Astronomy & Astrophysics (a precursor to the
Astrophysical Journal), volume 8, page 709ff.
This website sponsored in part by
the Geise Family Foundation, the Young First Foundation & the
William Marlar Foundation.
Please phone 303-871-5172 for the
current public night schedule, and info about the
39 more images, plus historical
Or, take shortcuts to:
20 inch Clark refractor.
Student Observatory, aka 'Van Nattan' or 'Robo-scope'.
Telescope images *RIGHT CLICK TO
(left: Dan Wray, 1997; right DU
Pages assembled by Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Denver. Images were acquired with a Chinon ES-3000
digital camera, using 320 x 240 resolution, courtesy DU Audio-Visual
Services. (c) 1996-present.
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