The Physics department has its very own fully functioning observatory - a 3.5m located on the edge of the University housing within it a collection of permanently mounted and smaller portable telescopes used primarily for undergraduate teaching and occasional outreach events for local schools and astronomy groups.
- 16 inch Meade LX200 telescope mounted on a permanent custom made equatorial mount
- 8 inch Meade LX200 mounted to a portable az/alt tripod mount
- 80mm guide scope with ccd autoguider camera fitted to the 16 inch telecope, used for the accurate tracking of objects over long periods of time
- Dedicated H-alpha solar telescope, ideal for observations of prominences and other solar activity
- Solar filters for the 8 inch Meade and 80mm guide scope
- Spectrometer for use on the 16 inch telescope
- 3m radio telescope
Students may use the observatory as part of their studies, as well as for final year projects involving astronomical spectroscopy, radio astronomy, solar observations, photometry etc.