The Requarth Observatory was built along with the rest of the Leighty Tabor Science Building in 2000. All three 300 lb. support sections that hold the 20” (.5 meter) telescope were carried up 6 flights of stairs by hand. It was only after the telescope was installed that the freight elevator became operational.
Faculty and students are continually updating the observatory to meet their scientific needs and there are currently many plans to enhance the stargazing experience for faculty, students, and visitors.
In addition to the main telescope, the Leighty Tabor Science Building also features an observation deck on the fifth floor that surrounds the base of the dome. This observation deck provides the perfect platform to set up the smaller 8” telescopes that are commonly used in introductory astronomy classes. Even with a “small” 8” it is still easy to observe the rings of Saturn.