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The Observatory at Fayetteville State University

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Observatory photographed from the west

The FSU Observatory is located on the 4th floor of the Lyons Science Building. The latitude is 35 degrees 4.357 minutes N, the longitude is 78 degrees 53.568 minutes W, and the elevation is 60 meters. Our primary telescope is a 16-inch Cassegrain telescope from Star Liner.

Observatory view from the north.

mattox by telescopeA clear sky is required to use the observatory so weather forecasting is of interest. Here is the Clear Sky Clock for Fayetteville, based on data from the Canadian Meteorological Center. Here is the most recent weather forecast for Fayetteville from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Raleigh, NC, and here is the discussion of this forecast. Here are the Current Weather Conditions at the Fayetteville Regional Airport, and at Pope Airforce Base. Here is a nearly current IR image for the eastern US from GOES 8. Cloud cover movies from the aviation digital data service are often useful. And here is the current Satellite/Surface Map from Unisys Weather (here is their symbol legend). Here is Vaisala's free lightning strike map (with a 20-40 minute delay).

This Observatory is directed by Professor John Mattox. Here is Mattox's Faculty Web Site.

  • The FSU Observatory in use.
  • The view into the 16-inch telescope

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