Department of Astronomy & Physics
On October 29, Professor Rob Thacker and Observatory Director Dave Lane (Department of Astronomy and Physics) unveiled the Burke-Gaffney Observatory’s (BGO) Planewave 0.6-metre CDK24 telescope—the second largest on a Canadian University campus.
Named in honour of its major benefactors, Dr. Ralph M. Medjuck and his wife Shirlee (above with their daughter Linda), the telescope and new observation deck will greatly enhance the university’s teaching and science outreach facilities. It will also be accessible to the public through group tours and regular viewing nights.
The new telescope offers higher optical performance, a matching digital imaging camera, and state-of-the-art control systems that allow full remote control of the entire observatory (below with graduate student Maan Hani).
Dave Lane is developing software to sync the Dr. Ralph M. Medjuck telescope to social media, allowing it to be monitored and controlled by Facebook and Twitter users worldwide. When complete, this will be the first telescope in the world with this capability.
To see a video of the telescope and BGO renovations click here.
To learn more about the BGO or to arrange to visit one of our public viewing sessions click here.