For those students enrolled in astronomy classes in the Fall of 2017, the observatory is available for your use as indicated below. To find out if the observatory is open on any given night, like our Facebook page. Announcements are posted there and you can ask questions too (you do not have to be a member of either of these services to view these sites). Note that this page is also used by the Robotic Telescope's automated messages - you can tell its posts as they are prefixed by "#bgosays".
The observatory is located on the roof of the Loyola Residence. Ask the Residence Desk staff to let you through the secure door. Your name will be on their approved access list. Make your way to the 22nd floor and follow the sign visible from the elevator lobby to a stairwell door - go up two flights of stairs to reach the observatory control room.
The telescope assistants are astronomy students John Read and Tiffany Fields. They are there to help you, but not to do your observing assignment. Be familiar with what you are expected to do (ie. read your observing assignment handout) before you arrive.
ASTR 1000A or ASTR 1000B
You have a number of observing projects, or aspects of your project, that you can do - only some of them require you to use the observatory in person.
The observatory is open for your use on clear Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm (or 1/2 hour after sunset, whichever is later) to 11pm. This means it will open by about 8pm in mid-September, by 7:30pm in early October, and by 7pm from late October until the end of the term. To allow tiime to do your project, do not arrive later than 10:15pm - in fact, the observatory may close if no students are present at 10:15pm.
Also be aware that if you intend to observe the Moon, it is not visible every evening. In general the Moon phases from a few days after New Moon until about a day or two after Full Moon (that would include First Quarter moon.
Also, planets visible this term are: Saturn (early in the term and early in the evening).