Astronomy Facilities

Saddleback Observatory

The college's research grade observatory and adjoining observation pad were designed by the Department Chair, Dr. Mitch Haeri, who has over 35 years of experience in observational astronomy and physics. The complex was opened in the fall of 2017.  It contains the observatory dome and control room, a large classroom observation pad with 20 permanent piers, storage bunker with class telescopes/accessories and a 4.5 Meter radio telescope (under construction). In addition to class labs and independent student study projects, the complex hosts public events for lunar and planetary viewing, eclipses and other astronomical occasions of note. 

Observatory Telescope