The observatory is located on the roof of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, University of London, providing the ideal location for undertaking astronomical observations within central London
The primary purpose of the observatory is for teaching undergraduate students studying for a BSc or MSci degree in astrophysics. Students will be introduced to basic techniques in astronomical observing and data analysis as part of their undergraduate taught modules, and will have opportunities to undertake observational astronomy projects. We also use the observatory as a key resource for our outreach activities.
The observatory houses a number of payloads with a range of subsidiary hardware.
Funds to support these upgrades have been generously provided by the University of London Perren Fund and by the Queen Mary Annual Fund which disburses donations received from QM Alumni.
Although we are located in central London, a broad range of observations can be undertaken through use of appropriate filters or by a judicious choice of targets. Examples of the types of observations that students will undertake include:
Examples of images taken recently from the observatory are shown below. These were obtained as part of summer internships for two of our current undergraduate students who learned how to use the telescope and perform image analysis during a 8 week period in the summer of 2013. Moving from left to right these show: