The unique and beautiful

Robert Brownlee Observatory

Description and functions: Diameter: 22'.0", height 18', weight 3,000 lbs.

This 22'.0" fiberglass observatory is intended for professional scientific application. It is extremely detailed and functional for multi-applications with all the professional requirements suited for research or institutional use. It is constructed with two complete entry doors, illuminated exit signs, handicap access, in accordance with Federal guidelines, solar powered dome rotation and shutter opening, “guest” 20amp AC charger and electrical power panel. Dome rotation is effortless with zero dB noise inside the observatory. It has no exposed mechanics, or driving members, in accordance with OSHA standards. The observatory is alarmed for both security and fire, including a pull down alarm. Inside the observatory is a PA system, a vault for accessories, desk, computers and a 16" Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope with a searchable GOTO system. Additionally it has a weather monitor, seating for participants and is wired for telephone, video output and intercom service. A small heater keeps the inside air temperaturejust above freezing in the winter months. Inside lighting is blue in color to protect night vision, while the independent outside lighting system is both blue and white light triggered by photocell at sunset.


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The primary purpose of the observatory is to sustain an innovative approach to "interpretative science". MSAS is committed to provide quality science education to grades K-12 and the general public. With a pragmatic curriculum that encompasses three components of activity including seeing, hearing and doing the observatory will facilitate quality understanding through personal experience. This state-of-the-art teaching tool is the best kind of hands-on equipment that can be used in the instruction of multi-task science learning.


In an era in which fascinating as well as important new astronomical information is being discovered daily, linking communication between lay persons and the scientific community is the sine qua non. Our objective is to promote the interest of the lay person to participate in science, including the opportunities to practice it (as investigators), as well as to teach it (as instructors) and finally, to control (as administrators) the direction science takes as well as its accessibility to those with the enthusiasm to do it. We convey the importance and relevance of science to people of many different socioeconomic and age levels, without being patronizing and without oversimplification.

Current and future generations are faced with obstacles that are environmental, chemical, biological, and nuclear in content. Even some obstacles that are simply unforeseen right now. Science understanding by individuals inside and outside the scientific community produces an informed population yielding assertive problematic identification of these obstacles, and accelerated solutions.

At Astronomy Village educational programs are conducted by professionals from the industry and professionally trained non-industry professionals who contribute personal enthusiasm and inspiration to a curriculum which stresses hearing, seeing and applying scientific concepts. Understanding the significance of science in our daily lives and realizing broader application breed substantial enthusiasm for the subject. Our programs are creative and produce “scientific interpretation” linked with analytical thinking that responds to the fluid problems of applicable science and society. Our nomos of science include a factor to demystify the knowledge and technology for a young workforce that must be prepared to deal with state-of-the-art technologies and interdisciplinary approaches to face the challenges of the future.


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