News from Mt.Evans Womble Observatory
Highest Operating Observatory in the West*,
at 14,148 ft elevation!
NGS Site AC: Longitude 105d38m26.0s West, Latitude 39d35m12.2s North,
elev. 4326 m, g = 979,000.450 mgal, using obscode 707
Land use permit renewed 2016 - program rejuvenation in progress.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Denver, Colorado 80208 USA
THE MEYER-WOMBLE OBSERVATORY ATOP MT.EVANS, COLORADO
What's New? (links)
Toward the next
2018: begin de-commissioning
2012 Disaster Recovery Blog
GPS Water Vapor monitor installed, 2010, thanks NOAA
Aurigae eclipse campaign 2009-2011
Next SUMMER CLASS PHYS2063 tent.
AUGUST 2011UPGRADES PROPOSAL, 2007
to PDF report of summer 2007 J&H photometry
Link to PDF report on summer 2005 observations
17th MAGNITUDE AT VIDEO FRAME
MICROWAVE LINK ESTABLISHED
RENEWABLE ENERGY TRUST GRANT/PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER
Astronomy at the University of Denver has been active since
1880, in the pursuit of research, teaching and community outreach.
For more information concerning DU Observatories, astronomy classes and
research, visit my HOME PAGE
or EMAIL: rstencel @ du.edu --
Prof. Stencel, Director, University of Denver Observatories, Denver
University, Denver CO 80208 USA.
This website sponsored in part by the William Marlar Foundation.
The summer of 1996 witnessed completion of the new 2,100 square foot
Womble Observatory, atop Mt.Evans, superceding the previous telescope
and, until late 2000, the highest observatory on earth. The
aerodynamically shaped building includes the new Meyer Binocular
telescope, a dual 0.7 meter R-C system,
designed with seeing accomodation for thermal and airflow effects, plus
use of adaptive
optics. First light was achieved 16 August 1997, with views of the
Jupiter, M13, Vega and M57. How sweet it is!
Jupiter and Saturn imaged 10 Sept. 1997 with AP7 CCD at MWO.
- DU Astronomy classes
- The Unsung Heroes!
- THE STAR GUYS!
- Chamberlin Observatory Homepage
Physics & Astronomy Homepage
The vision for the completed observatory involves addition of a
4 meter class optical-IR optimized telescope.
AND HERE'S THE REGIONAL WEATHER AND OBS*CAM
: intranet 22.214.171.124
- requires VPN to access.
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More mtn wx cam...
Regional VIS satellite...
Regional IR satellite...
Water Vapor map...
Surface map & more ...
Jet stream (500mb) ...
Contact Prof. Stencel with questions.
Visit the DU Observatories: Chamberlin
Keywords: astron, astrophys, astronomy, astrophysics, observatory, infrared
Aerial photo by John Kosters, looking west, showing the Mt.Evans
summit with the observatory buildings near the end of the pavement.
Background mountains include Bierstadt,
Grays and Torreys and the Colorado continental divide further west.
Mt.Evans summit and observatory as seen from Mt.Bierstadt to the west, photo
by Alexa Hart, 7/4/07. Additional aerial views are available on mapquest.com
and Google, etc. Starting address: 13264 State Highway 103, Idaho Springs CO
and for reference, some average temperature variations (deg.F):
Footnote: website may be frozen 7/1/08 due to computer security
concerns. For updates see Alt.homepage.