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The Observatory

Astronomy at CBC has evolved from its humble beginnings in 2000. Twelve years later our Year 11 students are still contemplating the age old questions about the grandeur of the universe. The then principal of CBC, Br. Pat Cronin, had a vision of inspiring wonder by giving the students of the college access to the heavens. This vision has been realised year after year, sky after sky, since then.

The Astro-Dome, as it’s been termed by the original students, have inspired many of its users to futures that included the fascination of the final frontier. From the mapping of our celestial region, to the photography of Lunar craters, or the more challenging capture of the faint light from distant nebulae, the projects that have been borne from this simple skyward structure are only bounded by the imagination of the students that use it.

Our recent students have married optical astronomy with radio-astronomy, first predicting and then actualising the prediction through the power of modern technology and the availability of resources on the global networks. The humble telescope, once the tangible centre-peace of all that would be capsuled by the subject of Astronomy, now is sidelined as one of the myriad of instruments that resource the students on their exploration of human history, the laws that govern it, and the time that bounds it. Standing stark against the celestial dome that it spies on, it remains a symbol of the greatest scientists that have illuminated our way, and that make their home in the theories and lessons bedded amongst the ideology espoused within Physics. The evolution continues …


10" LX200 Meade

  • Heavy-Duty Mounts with 9-Speed Dual-Axis Electronics;
  • Observatory-level precision in tracking, guiding, and slewing;
  • A 64,359-object onboard databases and High-Precision Pointing;
  • Coordinate GO TO Capability: Right Ascension and Declination driven;
  • The Meade 64,359-object library includes an incredible array of phenomena--virtually a lifetime of deep-space study;
  • Altazimuth Mode Operation for all visual observing applications, for lunar and planetary photography, and for most CCD imaging applications;
  • Keypad and Power Panel Functions including direct connection of CCD
  • Autoguider/imagers by plugging into the telescope's power panel;
  • RS-232 serial interface with a personal computer;
  • High-Precision Pointing (HP) Capability;
  • Ssl 26mm eyepiece;
  • Variable-height standard field tripod.


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