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Reynolds Observatory

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Clarkson's Reynolds Observatory is located on the grounds of the Potsdam Airport.  The observatory is home to a 12” f-10 Meade telescope, which is now mounted on an Astro-Physics 1600 GTO mount.  The observatory now has the capability of making photometric and spectroscopic measurements.

News And Announcements 

Observatory Status: The observatory is operating in science only mode, and is therefore closed to the public until further notice. Scheduled public outreach events will be posted to the calendar on this page, be sure to subscribe! Thank you for your interest in The Reynolds Observatory, if you wish to help fund the restoration of the observatory, contact philanthropy and express your desire to help there.

The Skies Of Summer

The near sunset Jupiter is shining brightly in the southern sky. A couple hours after sunset look to the eastern horizon to see Mars, then Saturn rise. A predominant feature of the night time sky in summer is the Summer Triangle. The Summer Triangle is an asterism, made up of the brightest stars of three constellations: Vega, Deneb, and Altair. At the center of the triangle you can find Alberio, with a small telescope you can see that this star is in fact a visual double star. Alberio is a favorite object to view to illustrate that stars are in fact different colors. Alberio A appears yellowish, while Alberio B appears blueish. Fun fact about stars: hotter stars are blue, while cooler stars are red!

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Recent Events

Professor Joshua Thomas recently participated in Astronomy Night at Madison Elementary School in Massena, N.Y. After learning about astronomy through a fun presentation and hands-on demonstrations, the students who attended were energized and excited to learn more about science!

Prof. Thomas giving an astronomy presentation
Prof. Thomas giving his presentation to Madison Elementary school students.

Prof. Thomas showing a lunar demonstration to students
Prof. Thomas showing a hands-on presentation to help the students better understand lunar phases.