For those students enrolled in astronomy classes in the Winter of 2019, 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 as the first "pinned" post (you do not have to be a Facebook user to view the page).
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 head down the hallway away from the football field. On your left there is a stairwell door - go up two flights of stairs to reach the observatory control room.
You can call the observatory, only when it's open, at 902-420-5896. Dress warmly - the observatory has outdoor weather conditions - that means bring a coat, hat, and gloves!!!
ASTR 1001A or ASTR 1001B
The observatory is open 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-March and by 8:30pm in late March. To allow enough time 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.
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. One of them can use the observatory's Robotic Telescope.
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.
Also be aware that if you intend to observe the Moon, it is not visible every evening.
The observatory is open on scheduled days and times for a Visual Observing Session with the observatory's director. You have to sign up for these using this "signup.com" web site.
You also have a project that requires the use of the observatory's Robotic Telescope.