Physics and Space Sciences
Olin Observatory and Ortega 0.8-m Telescope
The crowning architectural feature of the F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Center is the dome that houses the Ortega 0.8-meter (32-inch) telescope -- one of the largest research telescopes in the Southeast. Also atop the four-story building is a custom-designed indoor-outdoor astronomical classroom, with an observing deck that can support up to 15 instructional telescopes.
Funding for the Observatory came from a Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation, matched by funds from Florida Tech and James and Sara Ortega. The telescope was dedicated on April 12, 2008 and now serves as the primary training and research instrument for astronomy faculty and students.
- Telescope Schedule (Updated for Spring 2013).
- Submit Nightly Report (Observers only)
- Observers' Calendars
- Ortega Website
- Melbourne Clear Sky Chart
- Latest Florida GOES NOAA IR Movie
- Ortega Webcam
- Olin Observatory Weather
Weather permitting, each month during the academic year the public is invited to view the wonders of the night sky with the Ortega 0.8-m telescope as part of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Public Lecture Series.
The observatory is also home to the Florida Tech Student Astronomical Society.
For additional information on the observatory and its programs contact Dr. Daniel Batcheldor, Observatory Director, at (321) 674-7717, or by email. Further inquiries may be directed to the Physics and Space Sciences Department at (321) 674-8795.
Photo Credits: Christopher Lehmann, Don Schumacher