THE OBSERVATORY'S MAIN INSTRUMENT IS A
MEADE LX200GPS 16-inch (0.46-m) F/10
Computerized Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
The Astrophysical Observatory of the College of Staten Island (CSI) is located adjacent to the running track on the CSI Willowbrook Campus in Richmond County, New York. The coordinates for this site are 74d 09'9.81"W Longitude; 40d 36'15.51"N Latitude; and is at an altitude of 18.288 meters above sea level. The observatory (occupied as of Fall 1996) is a 24' x 24' building with a wheelchair lift and is topped with a 16' Ash dome.
to the College of Staten Island and
The College of Staten Island (CSI) is a senior college of The City University of New York (CUNY), the nationís leading urban university. CSI offers 35 academic programs, 15 graduate degree programs, and challenging doctoral programs to 12,000 students.
The 204-acre landscaped campus of CSI, the largest in NYC, is fully accessible and contains an advanced, networked infrastructure to support technology-based teaching, learning, and research. For more information, visit www.csi.cuny.edu
"First Light" for our newly upgraded LX200GPS 16-inch telescope was on the evening of October 3, 2003.
THE OPTICAL DESIGN OF OUR PRIMARY TELESCOPES:
- Our 16-Inch Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope's Optical Path.
- Our Refractor Telescope's Optical Path (Meade 4-inch Apochromatic, and Meade 50MM Finder).
~ ABOUT THE OBSERVATORY ~
The function of our Astrophysical Observatory, located at the only public college on Staten Island, is to support the college in its fulfillment of it's mission by making accessible to the students, the residents of this Island and neighboring metropolitan areas, an active dedicated on-going educational opportunity that speaks to some of the excitement of the future of astronomy, some of the inherent questions of our past about our universe, and some of the environmental needs of the present.
Firstly, the observatory is the highlight of an extended laboratory component of the C.S.I.
Astronomy program which serves a significant population of the liberal arts and science majors. The large number of students choosing the study of Astronomy is a reflection of their interest in the fundamental questions of existence. Astronomy casts these inquiries in a scientific context and by its nature, presents the romantic aspect of science in its investigations. Students in the program are able to explore first hand the general characteristics of our Solar System, our Milky Way Galaxy and other Galaxies.
The observatory contributes to an enrichment of one's life by focusing one's thoughts on the modern cosmic perspective. Historically, the progress of a civilization is intimately connected to the cosmological model adopted by a society. The observatory which presents the current viewpoints of our universe will help students free themselves from the yoke of fear and superstition which seems to have gained a strong grip on our culture over the last few decades.
College of Staten Island
~ City University of New York ~
2800 Victory Boulevard (Bldg.6N)
Staten Island, New York 10314