Observatory

There are two observatories on the University of Maine campus:

The Maynard F. Jordan Observatory is located behind the Emera Astronomy Center on the University of Maine campus. This observatory is an integral part of the curriculum in the department of Physics and Astronomy and is frequently used by students and faculty for research purposes.

This observatory contains the remote-controllable PlaneWave CDK20 telescope as well as many other tools for modern astronomy research and exploration. Click here to view a gallery of images taken with the telescope.


The historic Clark telescope, located near the Memorial Union, is currently undergoing preparations for its relocation later this summer. Its new home will be next to the current Jordan Observatory so that it can benefit from the darker skies and be more integrated with events at the Astronomy Center.

The Historic Clark Telescope Observatory is one of the oldest buildings on the University of Maine campus; it was originally built in 1900, when the University of Maine was only known as the Maine State College. Visit the Clark Telescope Observatory page to learn more about the history of this unique and important part of the UMaine campus.


Looking to buy a telescope of your own? There are a lot of choices to be made, so be sure to read through these recommendations and tips first.

The Maynard F. Jordan Observatory is able to be controlled remotely and sometimes we need to be able to see the telescope to make sure everything is working well. We use two webcams, mounted on different sides of the observatory dome to monitor the telescope. If you want to take a look through our webcams you can by clicking on either of these buttons:

scope cam 1 buttonscope cam 2 button

To log in:

Enter the username “Guest” with no password, click “OK” on the pop-up, and select either “Server Push Mode” or “Mobile Phone” depending on if you are browsing from a computer or a mobile device respectively.

Current Weather updates are always crucial to outdoor night sky viewing. On the weather page you will find the most recent Orono, Maine observing conditions along with satellite imaging and a clear sky clock.

Are you interested in learning more about the world of Astrophotography? Our friends at CCTV Camera World are happy to get you started on your way!


Donations help secure the future of the Jordan Planetarium and observatory here at the University of Maine. They assist in acquiring new programming, keeping our technology up to date, and providing numerous astronomy and science opportunities for students of all ages and the general public.

 

Donations to the astronomy center can be made here.