Keeble Observatory

Keeble Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Randolph-Macon College. It is located in Ashland, Virginia (USA), named for Dr. William Houston Keeble, distinguished Professor of Physics at Randolph-Macon College from 1919 until his retirement in 1952. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Astronomical Society, and was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Keeble Observatory, 2017
From the northeast
From the northwest
Keeble Observatory
OrganizationRandolph-Macon College
LocationAshland, Virginia (USA)
Coordinates37°45′44.6″N 77°28′31.4″W / 37.762389°N 77.475389°W / 37.762389; -77.475389Coordinates: 37°45′44.6″N 77°28′31.4″W / 37.762389°N 77.475389°W / 37.762389; -77.475389
1963 - 201612-inch Newtonian
2017 - current40cm Ritchey-Chretien
Keeble Observatory is located in the United States
Keeble Observatory
Location of Keeble Observatory

The first structure was opened in 1963 and housed a 12-inch Newtonian telescope. This building was razed in 2016. A new taller structure went into service the following year and houses a 40cm Ritchey-Chretien.

Original Keeble Observatory, 1963 - 2016
Front view
Oblique view showing 3-meter, 1.4 GHz radio telescope

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  1. "Keeble Observatory Homepage". Physics Department at R-MC. Retrieved September 12, 2020.

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