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Collins Observatory

The Eileen M. Collins Observatory is a small astronomical observatory operated by Corning Community College in Corning, New York. It is named for astronaut Eileen Collins. The observatory is primarily used to teach astronomy classes, but the college also provides monthly viewing sessions for the public.

Eileen M. Collins Observatory
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OrganizationCorning Community College
Observatory code911
LocationCorning, New York
Coordinates42°07′05″N 77°04′40″W / 42.11803°N 77.07768°W / 42.11803; -77.07768Coordinates: 42°07′05″N 77°04′40″W / 42.11803°N 77.07768°W / 42.11803; -77.07768
Altitude826 feet (252 m)
Established2003 (2003)
One-tenth scale model of the Hale telescope20" reflecting telescope
16", 14", 12", 10", 8", 6", 4" reflecting telescopes
8" Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope
Solar telescope
Collins Observatory is located in the United States
Collins Observatory
Location of Eileen M. Collins Observatory

The observatory is equipped with reflecting telescopes ranging from four inches to 20 inches in diameter. The largest telescope is a one-tenth scale model of the Hale telescope at Mount Palomar.[1] The smaller telescopes were assembled by the Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society. Additionally, the observatory maintains an eight-inch Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope and a solar telescope.

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  1. ^ "Corning Community College : Visitors : Observatory". Corning, New York: Corning Community College. Archived from the original on 2010-04-22. Retrieved 2010-10-08.

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