Historical Telescope




 People can see through the historical 28 foot long and 20 inch wide telescope at University of Denver’s Historic Chamberlin Observatory.The telescope was made by Alvan Clark and his sons in 1890.The telescope mount was built by George Nicholas Saegmuller,the mount rests on a cast iron pillar which is supported by a massive stone pillar. The telescope started working in 1894. The Public Nights began on the night of August 1,1894 and the Denver Astronomical Society has hosted Public Nights for over 60 years.


Everyone can enjoy the sky watch from the telescope on every Tuesday and Thursday nights. Also you get a lecture and telescopic views of the galaxies, nebulae, planets, moon, stars and star clusters, etc., through the historical telescope (weather permitting.) The presentations are designed for all ages and with informative colorful computer graphics. People can ask questions and learn about astronomy.


Recently Jupiter is disappearing from the night sky’s and you can only see Jupiter at dawn. Also Mercury will be under Jupiter on the east horizon. The Milky Way in Sagittarius and Scorpius is going to be at its highest position in the month of July.

There is a tour of the building that you can take. The building is dome shaped and its style is Romanesque. There is are three pillars in the basement that is made by red sand stones and supports the whole building including the telescope. In the building we can see 1800’s architecture and engineering of the telescope.


Visiting the Chamberlin Observatory is a chance to see the stars and learn more about the history of the telescope/architectural structures of the building and the astronomy.


The tickets are three dollars per adult and two dollars per child. For more information, visit http://www.denverastrosociety.org/chamberlin.html.