Observatory Facilities

See the weather at Bradley Observatory


The Beck Telescope

The Beck Telescope is a 30-inch reflector. This 1930 vintage Cassegrain has a Warner & Swasey mounting with optical elements by J.W. Fecker. It was completely refurbished and modified for its installation in 1950 by the Perkin-Elmer Corporation. The telescope tracking control system was modernized and upgraded during the summer of 1998, and the mirrors were refinished during the renovations in 2000.

Other Optical Telescopes
  • Eight Meade ETX-EC90 M-C telescopes are used in Astronomy 120.
  • Six Celestron 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes are used in Astronomy 120.
  • One Meade LX50 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with Magellan II System is used in Astronomy 121.
  • One Meade LX50 10-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with Magellan II System is used in Astronomy 121.
  • Bradley Radio Telescope (BrAT)
  • A 3.1 m diameter radio telescope with receivers at K, U and L bands (1.3 cm, 2 cm, 21 cm).

Delafield Planetarium
The Delafield Planetarium located in the Bradley Observatory seats 70 people. The Zeiss machine allows us to project stars, planets, constellation patterns, the sun and moon onto the ceiling. A new video projector has recently been installed enhancing the educational videos that are played in the planetarium. The planetarium is used for courses at Agnes Scott, monthly open houses and observatory group tours.

Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Facility
Read a thorough summary of the first results from the LIDAR system, jointly built by students and faculty at Agnes Scott College and Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Interactive Observing Plaza Design