Planetarium and Observatory Overview
GC is proud to present the GC planetarium, where students can view digital simulations of the sky in an immersive 20 ft diameter dome view with guides, labels, and motion. The planetarium also has the ability to display full dome show content. This Digitarium Alpha 2 projector has all the abilities of a computer vs. the slide projector views of the past.
Did you know that the GC planetarium offers free shows to the community? The planetarium is open to the public whenever the GC Natural History Museum is open. Simply go to Herty 101 (down the hall from the planetarium) to request a show. Check the shows page for a description of the shows available
GC has installed the 24 Inch Corrected Dall-Kirkham (CDK 24) Astrograph telescope optical tube assembly manufactured by Planewave Instruments with focal ratio of f/6.8. The CDK 24 is designed to have no field curvature, off-axis coma, or astigmatism over a 70mm image. It sits on a Mathis Instruments Fork Mount MI-1000. The entire assembly is installed on the 4th story of Herty Hall atop of an isolated pier in a 16 ft Ash Dome.
GC will open the observatory for public observing at regularly scheduled events and special astronomical events of note. Check the schedule below for the events of the current semester. All observing times are subject to weather conditions. In the event of rain or cloudy skies, the observatory session will be cancelled and a presentation will be offered in the Georgia College Planetarium located in the Natural History Museum (1st Floor of Herty).
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