There has been an Observatory associated with Glasgow University since 1757, and we presently occupy two sites. The main observatory (‘Acre Road’) is close to the Garscube Estate on the outskirts of the city. Our outstation (‘Cochno‘, housing the big 20 inch Grubb Parsons telescope) is located further out again, at a darker site in the Kilpatrick Hills.
The Acre Road Observatory comprises teaching and research labs, a workshop, the main dome housing the 16 inch Meade, the solar dome, presently housing the 12 inch Meade, a transit house containing the transit telescope, a 3m HI radio telescope, a 408 MHz pulsar telescope and a solar CALLISTO spectrometer. We also have 10 and 8 inch Meades and several 5 inch Celestrons. There is a small planetarium beneath the solar dome.
- How to to find the Acre Road Observatory:
- As shown on Google Maps
- WGS84 coords of the main dome: 55° 54′ 8.29” N, -4° 18′ 25.93” E, height ~50 m.
- Web maps are available from Streetmap, and Multimap, as well asa map showing the trip from the School of Physics and Astronomy. Note that some maps are bad.
- The WGS84 coords of Cochno dome: 55° 56′ 22” N, -4° 24′ 22” E, height ~150 m.
- The history of the Observatories.
- Observing nights, organised through Astrosoc. See also The Astronomical Society of Glasgow who use the Acre Road Observatory on the first Friday of the month. Contact Robert Hughes on (0141) 581 4322/3. See also the Helensburgh Astronomical Society.
- Using the Observatories
- Use of the main dome: instructions in pdf format.
- Observatory personnel: Graham Woan (Director) and Colin Hunter (Technician).
If you have a group that would like to visit the observatory see our outreach page.